Qatari hunting party kidnapped in Iraq freed: ministry
April 21 2017 02:44 PM
Iraq
The hunters were kidnapped in Iraq in mid-December 2015.

AFP/Baghdad

A Qatari hunting party kidnapped in southern Iraq in 2015 has been freed and was being handed over to a Qatari delegation in Baghdad on Friday, a senior interior ministry official told AFP.
"The interior ministry has received the Qatari hunters, all 26 of them," the minister's adviser, Wahab al-Taee, said. "They will be handed over to the Qatari envoy."
He said the hunters were currently in Baghdad undergoing identity checks by Iraqi officials and would be handed over to a Qatari delegation that has been waiting for them in the capital since last week.
The hunters were kidnapped in mid-December 2015 during a hunting trip in southern Iraq.
The ministry official would not provide details of the deal reached for their release.



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