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Qatar royal and companion released by kidnappers in Iraq

A Qatari royal family member and a Pakistani have been released by kidnappers in Iraq after almost 4 months, the Qatari foreign ministry says.

The pair was amongst at least 28 people abducted from a desert searching celebration near to the Saudi border in December.

Efforts are still under way to free the rest of the 26 kidnapped, the ministry said in a declaration.

It is not known if any ransom was paid for the release of the 2 men who were released on Wednesday.

The hostages were abducted when gunmen assaulted their camp, authority’s state. The assaulters were driving lots of 4x4 vehicles when they swept into the camp at dawn.

They struck near Layyah, 190km (118 miles) from the local capital, Samawa. The remote location is extremely tribal in nature and a Shia region.

9 members of the celebration handled to get away and cross into nearby Kuwait.

The Shia Muslim political celebrations which dominate the Iraqi federal government are extremely critical of Qatar's function in supporting Sunni Muslim rebels in Syria.

The searching celebration was in Iraq on an officially licensed exploration and Doha has put pressure on the Shia-led federal government in Baghdad in order to help secure the hostages' release.

The hunters' prey was the Asian houbara bustard, comparable to a small turkey. To discover it and other comparable types, Gulf hunters typically travel to Morocco, Iraq, Pakistan and Afghanistan.

They take with them their valued falcons, typically peregrines, sakers and lanners, which are skillfully trained to home in on their quarry at high speed.

Other Gulf hunting explorations have even extended as far as the Central African Republic looking for big video game.

More than 12 years after the US-led intrusion and occupation, Iraq is still pestered by violent criminal activity and militant attacks.

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