UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) – Two Filipinas kidnapped in Iraq have been freed, the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) confirmed on Monday, July 9.

The victims were rescued on Saturday from Diyala Province, north of capital Baghdad.

The Philippine government in a statement thanked Iraqi authorities for quickly responding to the kidnapping.

According to DFA, four Filipinas were on their way to Baghdad from Erbil in the northern Kurdistan Region on Friday when they encountered armed men. Two of the Filipinas were abducted while the other two reportedly escaped.

Diyala officials said the suspects were arrested and charges would be filed against them.

According to Arab News, attacks and kidnappings by groups believed to be linked to Islamic State near the area have increased over the past weeks.

There are 4,000 Filipinos working in Iraq the Embassy reported.