Two Filipina women were kidnapped on the road connecting Baghdad to the city of Kirkuk on Saturday. They were traveling in the same car with three other nationals of the Philippines on their way to Erbil, the capital of the Kurdistan Region. The two women exited the vehicle after it broke down and were abducted by unknown men who drove by in a yellow car.
Meanwhile, a US service member has been killed and two others injured in what appears to be an insider attack in southern Afghanistan. It was not immediately clear who carried out the attack, or whether they had been apprehended. The attack comes a year after three US Special Forces soldiers were shot dead by one of their Afghan colleagues.
Lastly, Spider-Man co-creator Steve Ditko has died aged 90 in New York. He was found unresponsive at his flat in Manhattan on 29 June and was declared dead by paramedics who attended the scene. Ditko rose to fame for his work with Marvel Comics in the early 1960s, working with the company’s future CEO Stan Lee on ideas including Spider-Man and Doctor Strange.