Kidnapped Aid Workers Freed in Yemen

Three French aid workers kidnapped in May in Yemen have been freed by their captors, who are suspected to have ties with the al-Qaida terrorist group.

The release of the two women and a man, who are employed by the French charity Triangle Generation Humanitaire, was confirmed by French President Nicolas Sarkozy and by tribal leaders who helped negotiate their release.

“The president warmly thanks the Sultan of Oman and the Omanese authorities for their crucial help, as well as all those who contributed to this happy resolution,” said a statement from Sarkozy’s office, as quoted by BBC.

A tribal leader who was involved in negotiations for the aid workers’ release, meanwhile, said they were all in good health, the Agence France-Presse reports.

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  • Ivy Mungcal

    As former senior staff writer, Ivy Mungcal contributed to several Devex publications. Her focus is on breaking news, and in particular on global aid reform and trends in the United States, Europe, the Caribbean, and the Americas. Before joining Devex in 2009, Ivy produced specialized content for U.S. and U.K.-based business websites.