The U.S. Embassy in Baghdad confirmed "several" Americans had disappeared in Iraq on Sunday and the State Department said it was working with Iraqi authorities to locate them amid multiple reports of a kidnapping.
Al Arabiya first reported the news that three Americans were kidnapped. The U.S. government didn't immediately confirm a kidnapping or the number of people involved.
"We are aware of reports that American citizens are missing in Iraq," State Department spokesperson John Kirby told Fox News. "The safety and security of American citizens overseas is our highest priority. We are working with the full cooperation of the Iraqi authorities to locate and recover the individuals. Due to privacy considerations, I have nothing further."
U.S. Embassy spokesman Scott Bolz said Sunday that "We are working in full cooperation with Iraqi authorities to locate the missing Americans."
An Iraqi police colonel told AFP on condition of anonymity that three Americans and an Iraqi translator were kidnapped in southern Baghdad by militiamen wearing military uniforms.