Kidnapped foreigners freed in Yemen

Abductions reportedly because of dispute between tribe and firm over work contract.


    Saba identified the engineers as Athram Nafour Kaftar, an Indian-born Canadian citizen and Osama Mohammed Aslab, a Syrian, and the driver as Yemeni national Amaar Abdul Karim.

     

    Foreigners are frequently seized by Yemen's powerful tribes for use as bargaining chips in disputes with the central government. More than 200 have been abducted during the past 15 years in the impoverished Arabian peninsula republic.

      

    All have been freed unharmed except for three Britons and an Australian seized in December 1998. They were killed when security forces stormed the kidnappers' hideout.

    SOURCE: Agencies


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