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Yemeni tribesmen free kidnapped Turkish man in Abyan

ADEN: Yemeni tribesmen on Sunday freed a Turkish bus driver kidnapped in the southern province of Abyan after they reached a deal with authorities that could lead to the release of a jailed kinsman, a security official said.

The Turk, who works for a tourism agency in the southern port city of Aden, was kidnapped by armed tribesmen on Sept. 12 on his way from Aden to the southeastern city of Mukalla.

The tribesmen released Tejan Mawloud after mediation by local tribal leaders and a promise to free a jailed tribesman, said the official, who asked not to be named.

Yemen is plagued by poverty and lawlessness, with Islamist militant attacks targeting government facilities and officials as part of a campaign against the state.

Disgruntled tribesmen also frequently kidnap foreigners visiting or working in the Arabian Peninsula country as a way to press their demands on authorities. The hostages are usually freed unharmed.

 

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