More than two dozen Qataris have reportedly been kidnapped this morning while hunting along the border between Saudi Arabia and Iraq, according to media reports, citing an Iraqi governor and police sources.
“An armed group driving dozens of pickup trucks kidnapped at least 26 Qatari hunters from their camp in the area of Busaya in Samawa desert near Saudi borders,” Samawa governor Falih al-Zayady said, according to Reuters.
The newswire quoted an unnamed police colonel as saying 100 gunmen, armed with light and medium weapons, broke into the Qataris’ hunting camp and abducted the Gulf nationals at around 3am this morning.
The BBC, citing an unnamed source, said the attackers were driving “about 50” four-wheel drive vehicles.
French newswire AFP quoted a local council member from the province as confirming the number of individuals who were kidnapped but did not specify their nationality.
Officials from Qatar’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Iraqi embassy in Doha could not be reached for comment.