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Qatar royal killed in car crash in Iraq

FALLUJA, Iraq (Reuters) - A member of the Qatari royal family was killed in a car accident during a hunting trip in Iraq’s western Anbar province Sunday, a provincial official said.

The victim was identified as Khalifa bin Abdulla bin Hassan bin Ali al-Thani, said Sadoun al-Shalan, a member of the Anbar provincial council.

Thani’s car rolled over in the desert south of the village of Nukhaib, about 200 km (125 miles) southwest of Anbar’s capital, Ramadi.

“He was driving a GMC, hunting for prey when he hit some sort of a bump and the car started to roll over,” Shalan said.

Thani was taken to hospital in Ramadi but had internal bleeding and was dead on arrival, Shalan said.

His relationship to Qatari Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani was not immediately known.

“We have a photocopy of his passport which says he is a member of the royal family in his 20s,” Shalan said.

Reporting by Fadhel al-Badrani; writing by Jim Loney