Qatari hostages held in Iraq since 2015 freed - Al Jazeera TV

by Reuters
Friday, 21 April 2017 11:39 GMT

DOHA, April 21 (Reuters) - Qatari citizens held hostage in Iraq by unidentified gunmen since 2015 have been freed and handed over to the Iraqi interior ministry, Qatar-based al-Jazeera reported on Friday.

The satellite channel gave no further details on the release of the hostages, who were seized by gunmen in December 2015 while on a hunting trip near the border with Saudi Arabia.

An Iraqi security official later said Iraq would hand over the 26 hostages to Qatar's ambassador to Baghdad. (Reporting by Omar Fahmy in Cairo, writing by Sami Aboudi)

Our Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.