Yemeni Tribesmen Kidnap German, Demand Release of Relatives
A German man was kidnapped by Yemeni tribesmen Saturday near Al-Tahrir square in Sanaa, reported the weekly Yemen Times.
Carl Christian Hoerencke, 25, an English language teacher in one of the institutes in Sanaa is also a student at the Center for Arabic Language and Eastern Studies, said the paper.
He was kidnapped by armed tribesmen belonging to Al Ali bin Falah tribe of Jahm located at Dhamja, 80 km west of Mareb city.
The kidnappers, said the paper, demand the release of six members of their tribe currently serving a prison term in the central prison of Dhamar city.
They were found guilty of kidnapping Faisal Muthanna Omar, head of the committee of the supreme court in 1999.
The kidnappers told Yemen Times that they would not release the hostage unless the six tribesmen are released or unless guarantees for their immediate release are given.
In January, a German engineer was kidnapped by Yemeni tribesmen demanding jobs and projects to improve water and electricity services. The man was released unharmed and it was not known whether the kidnappers' demands had been met.
Scores of tourists and foreigners working in Yemen have been abducted in recent years, often by disgruntled tribesmen demanding better services and infrastructure for their region, or the release of jailed relatives.
Most of the hostages have been released unharmed – Albawaba.com
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