Tourists kidnapped in Yemen

Four foreigners, seized in Sanaa, reportedly taken to mountainous region to the city's east.

     

    In most cases the kidnappings are resolved and hostages freed.

    In December, three Germans - an aid worker and her visiting mother and father - were freed after being held for less than a week by tribesmen, who received a ransom fee from the Yemen government of about $100,000.

    Yemen is the poorest country on the Arabian peninsula and the ancestral homeland of Osama bin Laden, the leader of al-Qaeda.


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