Iraq kidnappers free two hostages from Qatari hunting party
April 06 2016 11:27 AM
Iraq kidnappers free two hostages
Iraq kidnappers free two hostages

AFP/ Doha

Kidnappers in Iraq have freed a Qatari and an Asian who were among more than 20 people abducted from a hunting party in the desert south last December, Qatar said on Wednesday.

The foreign ministry gave no details on the identity of the Qatari released.

The ministry announced ‘the release of a Qatari citizen and his Asian companion who were kidnapped in Iraq,’ in a short statement published on the official QNA news agency.

‘Efforts are still ongoing to free the rest of the 26 kidnapped,’ the statement said, without elabourating.

The ministry not specify the nationality of the Asian who was released, but Gulf hunting parties usually involve Afghans or Pakistanis.

The hostages were abducted in December when gunmen attacked their camp in a area of southern Iraq close to the Saudi border.

Nine members of the party managed to escape and cross into nearby Kuwait.

The hunting party was in Iraq on an officially licensed expedition and Doha has put pressure on the government in Baghdad to help secure the hostages' release.

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