ISIS kills Iraqi journalist in Tikrit

Iraqi forces on Tuesday (September 18th) found the body of an Iraqi journalist who was kidnapped Monday by "Islamic State of Iraq and Syria" (ISIS) elements near al-Fatha in northeast Tikrit, the Iraqi police said.

ISIS militants had set up a fake checkpoint on the Baiji-Kirkuk highway and kidnapped journalist Wessam Hassan al-Obaidi and his uncle as they returned from Kirkuk to Baiji, deputy Salaheddine police chief Brig. Gen. Khalil al-Raml said in a statement.

The uncle managed to escape one hour after his abduction, al-Raml said.

"At 6:00 pm (Tuesday), a local police force found the victim’s body, handcuffed and blindfolded, and with bullets to the head and chest," he said.

Al-Obaidi worked for a number of local newspapers and news agencies.

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