- The Washington Times - Tuesday, April 14, 2009

SAN’A, YEMEN (AP) - A Yemeni security official and a tribal leader say a Dutch couple abducted two weeks ago have been released after the government agreed to pay more than a quarter million dollars in ransom.

Armed tribesmen seized the couple from their car in the capital on March 31 and took them to a mountainous region about 40 miles (70 kilometers) to the east.

A tribal official says they were released after the government agreed to pay $325,000. He says the government also promised jobs to the kidnappers’ tribe. He refused to be identified by name out of fear of retribution.

A security official says the couple are at the Dutch ambassador’s home in the capital. He spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the press.

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