Yemen: Five men suspected of kidnapping arrested

September 30, 2006 02:55


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Yemen forces on Friday arrested five tribesmen suspected of kidnapping four French tourists after launching a raid on their town, killing two women and wounding three children, security officials said. The troops attacked the town in Shabwa province, east of the capital San'a, and arrested the five men from the al-Abdullah tribe, the officials said on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the media. They French tourists were freed September 25 after they were kidnapped about two weeks earlier as they were heading to the southern port city of Aden. The Yemen government has pledged to crack down on kidnappings, but state control is tenuous in the outlying areas of Yemen, a poor, mountainous nation on the southern tip of the Arabian peninsula.

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