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Dutch national kidnapped in Yemen: official
2013-02-17 09:51

SANAA, Feb. 16 -- A Dutch national has been kidnapped in Yemen's capital Sanaa, the Yemeni official Saba news agency reported Saturday.

Saba reported that the fate of the kidnapped Dutch national was discussed in a meeting held in Sanaa Saturday between Yemeni Foreign Minister Abu Bakr al-Qerbi and Nethlands Ambassador to Yemen Jeroen Verheul.

During the meeting, al-Qerbi confirmed to Verheul that the Yemeni security services are following up the release of the Dutch national, Saba said without giving further details.

It was not clear who was behind the kidnapping. Officials at the Yemeni Interior Ministry said the incident occurred on the evening of Feb. 13, but refused to elaborate further. One of the officials told Xinhua that "the incident was reported to the ministry as a kidnapping attempt only."

Foreigners are frequently kidnapped in Yemen by al-Qaida militants or tribesmen who asked for ransoms or the release of their jailed fellows. Most of the kidnapped have been freed unharmed.

In December 2012, four masked al-Qaida gunmen snatched a Finnish couple and their Austrian friend from a busy street in central Sanaa. The abducted foreigners were studying Arabic language in a school in the old city of Sanaa.

The Yemen-based al-Qaida wing, the most active terrorist network in the Middle East, is also holding a Swiss woman and a Saudi diplomat captive for almost one year.

Source:Xinhua Net