Yemen: 3 Germans kidnapped

Tribesmen kidnapped a German aid worker and her parents in southern Yemen early Monday and are holding them hostage, demanding the government release imprisoned clan members, Yemeni officials said. The aid worker, who is based in Yemen, and her visiting mother and father were snatched by Bani Thabyan tribesmen in Dhamar province, 100 kilometers (65 miles) south of the capital, San`a, a Yemeni security official said. In Berlin, German Foreign Ministry spokesman Jens Ploetner said the three Germans were missing, and "we must assume based on current information that the three were kidnapped." He said Berlin was "working to clarify the situation," but would give no further details.