Reports of a Qatar emir among the 26 kidnapped Qatari in Iraq. (TOI).
About 100 gunmen kidnapped at least 26 Qatari nationals from a hunting ground in a desert are not far from the Saudi border early on Wednesday morning, Reuters quotes a regional governor and police officials as saying.
“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 is quoted as saying.
A local police official, unnamed by Reuters, is quoted as saying: “We are talking about at least 100 gunmen armed with light and medium weapons broke into the Qatari camp and abducted the hunters at around 3 am local time on Wednesday.”
Some reports say the kidnapped are members of the family of the emir of Qatar, the oil fiefdom’s ruler. Hmmm......Great excuse for Turkey to come to the rescue of it's MB Buddy Qatar.
Hunters from #Qatar have been coming to #Iraq to hunt using falcons since before '03. ISF searching for kidnapped. pic.twitter.com/M9B3BSufzf— Haidar Sumeri (@IraqiSecurity) December 16, 2015
Reports of a #Qatar emir among the kidnapped. If true, it'll mark a serious chapter in Iraqi-Qatari relations. https://t.co/5wIwbpqL4m— Haidar Sumeri (@IraqiSecurity) December 16, 2015