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American Couple Kidnapped in Yemen

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Posted on May 24 2010 9:44 am
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by Mohammed Ghobari, Mohamed Sudam, Cynthia Johnston and Tim Pearce

Armed Yemeni tribesmen kidnapped two U.S. tourists, a husband and wife, near the Yemeni capital Sanaa on Monday and were demanding the release of a jailed relative, Yemeni security officials said.

The couple’s Yemeni driver and a translator were also taken hostage, the officials said. The kidnappers were seeking government intervention to free a family member in jail over a land dispute that was before the courts, a tribal source said.

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