Yemen: Austrian hostages released in good health

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December 24, 2005 16:20
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Kidnappers freed two Austrian hostages Saturday three days after seizing them in northern Yemen, the country's official news agency reported and the Austrian government confirmed. The Austrians, a man and a woman, were released in good health early Saturday and immediately "resumed their tour of the historic and tourist sites" in north Yemen, the Saba agency reported, quoting an Interior Ministry official. But tribal officials in the Marib province, where the hostages were kidnapped Wednesday, said they were traveling back to the Yemeni capital, San'a, escorted by the provincial security chief and an Austrian diplomat. In Vienna, Austrian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Astrid Harz confirmed the release, the Austria Press Agency reported. The agency identified the former hostages as two architects, Barbara Meisterhofer, 31, and Peter Schurz, 52.



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