Qatari royal, Pakistani freed by kidnappers in Iraq

Qatari royal, Pakistani freed in Iraq

DOHA: A member of the Qatari royal family has been released by kidnappers in Iraq nearly four months after being taken captive while on a hunting trip, the kingdom said on Wednesday.

A Pakistani national was also released, the Qatari foreign ministry said.

The pair, who have not been named, were among more than 20 people abducted from a desert hunting party close to the Saudi border last December.

“Efforts are still ongoing to free the rest of the 26 kidnapped,” a brief statement published on Qatar’s official QNA news agency said.

It was unclear if any other Qatari royals were being held.

Faleh al-Zayadi, the governor of Muthanna province where the hunters were seized, said at the time that “a number of members” of the Qatari ruling family were among those abducted.


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