BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) _ A Kurdish lawmaker was kidnapped in Baghdad and later found dead, a spokesman for the Kurdish bloc in parliament said Friday.

Mohammed Rihda Mahmoud was kidnapped with his driver Thursday afternoon in the northeastern Baghdad neighborhood of Seleikh, said Firyad Rawndouzi, spokesman for the Kurdish bloc. Hours later, both bodies were found shot in the head and chest, Rawndouzi said.

``This is a cowardly act of terrorism committed by forces against democracy,'' Rawndouzi said.

Mahmoud's Jamat Islamia has four seats of the Kurdish bloc's 53 in parliament.