Gunmen kidnap at least 26 Qatari nationals in Iraqi desert - officials

by Reuters
Wednesday, 16 December 2015 11:33 GMT

BAGHDAD, Dec 16 (Reuters) - Unknown gunmen driving in a large convoy of trucks kidnapped at least 26 Qatari citizens from their hunting camp in a sprawling desert area near the Saudi borders on the early hours of Wednesday, the regional governor and police officials said.

Two police officers in Samawa confirmed the kidnappings and said security forces launched a wide-scale search for the Qataris.

"An armed group driving dozens of pickup trucks kidnapped at least 26 Qatari hunters from their camp in the area of Busaya in Samawa desert near Saudi borders," Samawa governor Falih al-Zayady said. (Reporting by Ahmed Rasheed; Editing by Michael Georgy and Andrew Heavens)

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