There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the mass abduction. Hunters from various rich Gulf states often make trips to Iraq’s southern desert at this time of year.
Qatar’s Foreign Ministry said a group of its citizens were kidnapped in Iraq while on a hunting trip. It did not mention how many were in the group.
In a statement, the ministry said it was working with the Iraqi government to secure their release “as soon as possible”. It added that the hunters had entered Iraqi territory with an permit from Iraq’s Interior Ministry.
A Samawa police colonel said the hunters had been escorted on their trip by an Iraqi security detail but that it decided not to engage a large number of gunmen.
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