German hostage released in Yemen

By Rajeh Badi, Wednesday, May 14, 2014

A German national held by Yemeni tribesmen for more than three months was released on Tuesday, a security source said.

A German national held by Yemeni tribesmen for more than three months was released on Tuesday, a security source said.

SANAA – A German national held by Yemeni tribesmen for more than three months was released on Tuesday, a security source said.

Rudiger Schwidt was set free after mediation by Al-Jawf governor Mohammed bin Abboud, the source told Anadolu Agency.

There was no comment from Yemeni authorities or the German embassy in Sanaa.

Schwidt had been abducted by Yemeni tribesmen in February to demand the release of some detained relatives.

In March, Schwidt's captors had threatened to sell him to Al-Qaeda if the Yemeni authorities failed to release the kidnappers' detained relatives.

Yemen has been dogged by turmoil since pro-democracy protests in 2011 forced autocratic president Ali Abdullah Saleh to step down after 33 years in power.

In the three years since, authorities have struggled to restore law and order to the restive southern Arabian country.

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