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Kidnapped Swede in Yemen set free

Published fredag 29 oktober 2010 kl 09.57

Tribesmen have now released the Swedish technical director of a cement works in southern Yemen after kidnapping him and holding him captive for one night, according to Agence France-Presse.

On Thursday, the Associated Press reported that the deputy governor of the troubled Abyan province said the Swede was abducted at gunpoint shortly after he left the plant that afternoon.

The deputy governor identified the kidnappers as local tribesmen demanding the release of one of their members, jailed in the capital. The Swedish engineer was released apparently as a result of negotiations between the tribesmen and the government.

Kidnappings are frequent in Yemen and are usually carried out by disgruntled tribesmen hoping to win concessions from the government. In most of those cases, the captives are freed unharmed.

In the past few years, however, al-Qaida has begun kidnapping foreigners as well, sometimes with lethal results.

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