Assyrian Girl Kidnapped in Baghdad Released

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By Jeremy Reynalds, ASSIST News Service
BAGHDAD, IRAQ (ANS — May 16, 2015) — Juliana George, a 16 year-old Assyrian girl who was kidnapped from her home in Baghdad last week, has been released after the payment of a $55,000 ransom.
The Assyrian International News Agency (AINA) reported that according to her father, George, Juliana was badly frightened by the experience but was not apparently mistreated.

“I fear for her and my two other daughters,” said George in a telephone interview. “There is no reason to believe that we will not be targeted again. I don’t see how we can stay in Baghdad after this.”

AINA said Juliana was abducted by four men when she answered the door bell at her home. She was grabbed and placed into a taxi.

Her grandfather Joseph, a priest, chased the taxi on foot and grabbed on to the door, but as the taxi sped away he could not hold on and fell to the side.

A man riding a bicycle witnessed the incident and followed the taxi. He recorded the license plate of the car and returned and gave it to Father Joseph.

The taxi driver was later arrested but AINA said he has refused to cooperate with authorities. There is no information on the other three kidnappers.

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