Gunmen abducted a senior trade ministry official in Baghdad on Tuesday after stopping his vehicle on his way to work, a ministry source said.
Muhanad Ahmed Saleh, director of the Baghdad International Fair, was abducted by gunmen in two vehicles shortly after he left his home in Amiriya, a Sunni district in western Baghdad. No shots were fired.
Baghdad is plagued by kidnappings. Many are political abductions by armed groups on either side of Iraq's Shi'ite-Sunni sectarian violence.
Some kidnappings are carried out by criminal gangs seeking extortion money.