A German woman kidnapped earlier this week in Baghdad has been freed, according to Iraqi officials.

Iraq’s military spokesman Yahya Rasool said in a statement on Friday that Hella Mewis was freed by security forces, without providing additional details.

A spokesman for Iraq’s Supreme Judicial Council, Abdelsattar Bayraqdar, said the operation overnight had been backed by an investigative court in the Iraqi capital.

“We are still investigating this crime,” he said.

Mewis has lived in Baghdad for several years, where she worked on establishing the Bait Tarkib collective, which aims to promote the work of young local artists.

She was abducted by unidentified attackers shortly after leaving her office at the art collective on Monday.

“She was riding her bicycle when two cars, one of them

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