Qatari Safari Members, Including Royalty, Are Abducted in Iraq

December 16, 2015 7:48 PM

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BAGHDAD — Militants in the southern Iraq desert ambushed and abducted at least 26 hunters from a Qatari safari early Wednesday, officials of both countries reported. The kidnapping victims were said to include some members of senior Qatari royalty.

Dozens of kidnappers, dressed in military uniforms and riding in at least 50 sport utility vehicles with machine-gun mounts, overwhelmed Iraqi sentries guarding the Qataris’ tent encampment in the Samawa desert near the border with Saudi Arabia, said Falih Hasan, the governor of Muthanna Province.

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