Three French aid workers freed in Yemen

The French President`s office says three French aid workers kidnapped in Yemen have been freed, with the help of the sultan of Oman.

Updated: Nov 14, 2011, 11:56 AM IST

Paris: The French President`s office says three French aid workers kidnapped in Yemen have been freed, with the help of the sultan of Oman, after nearly six months in captivity.
A statement from Nicolas Sarkozy`s office thanks the sultan and authorities in Oman for those who helped secure the release.

The statement, released early Monday, gives no other details.

The two women and one man from the aid group Triangle Generation Humanitaire were abducted May 28 in eastern Yemen. Men linked to al Qaeda`s offshoot in Yemen demanded a USD 12 million ransom for the three.

Security in Yemen has largely unraveled since the outbreak of an uprising against President Ali Abdullah Saleh in February.

Bureau Report