Kidnapped German man freed in Yemen

Yemeni tribesmen have released a German man they kidnapped in February to press the government to free jailed relatives.

Kidnapped German man freed in Yemen

World Bulletin/News Desk

Yemeni tribesmen have released a German man they kidnapped in February to press the government to free jailed relatives, tribal sources and state media said on Tuesday.

At the time, the tribesmen telephoned journalists to say they kidnapped the man from the capital Sanaa and took him to Maarib, a tribal stronghold in the center of Yemen.

"The governor of al-Jawf (near Maarib province) led the mediation. He promised that their relatives would be freed and was handed over the hostage," one of the tribal sources told Reuters.

The state news agency Saba confirmed news of the German's release in a text message and said he was being transported to the capital, Sanaa. There was no immediate comment from the German foreign ministry.

Kidnapping is common in U.S.-allied Yemen, where the government is struggling with a group linked to al Qaeda, fighting in the country's north, and sporadic conflicts with armed tribes.

Hostage-taking is sometimes carried out by fighters specifically targeting Westerners for exchanging prisoners, but is also used as a tactic by tribesmen to resolve disputes with the government, and by opportunists hoping to sell hostages on to other groups.

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