'Yemen Kidnappers free Swiss woman after Qatari mediation'

February 28, 2013 07:15

DOHA - A Swiss woman held hostage for nearly a year in Yemen has been freed by her kidnappers and flown to Doha following mediation by Qatar, the Qatari state news agency QNA reported late on Wednesday.

Armed tribesmen had kidnapped the teacher in western Yemen in March last year to press their government to free jailed relatives, according to a Yemeni Interior Ministry official.

QNA said that an assistant to the Qatari foreign minister and the Swiss ambassador in Doha were at the airport to greet the woman upon her arrival aboard a private plane from Yemen late on Wednesday.

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