Yemen group executes foreign hostages

June 15th, 2009 - 8:10 pm ICT by John Le Fevre  

Government and tribal sources in Yemen say they have found the bodies of seven people thought to be among nine foreigners kidnapped last weed in Saada.

“We have found the corpses of seven people who were kidnapped. Three children captured with the group were found alive,” but at least three foreign women were killed, a security official said.

The foreigners - seven Germans – one a doctor traveling with his wife and three children,– a male British engineer and a Korean teacher, were abducted while on a picnic on Friday in the north-western province of Saada where they all worked at a hospital.

While there was no immediate claim of responsibility, officials blamed members of the Shia rebel group, Huthi Zaidip, a secessionist movement that has been fighting the government since 2004.

The kidnapping of Western tourists or workers is fairly common in Yemen with most incidents resolved peacefully in exchange for ransom or concessions from authorities.

Yemeni tribesmen in Saada on Friday released a group of 24 doctors and nurses whom they abducted a day earlier, demanding the authorities release two prisoners.

More than 200 foreign nationals have been kidnapped in Yemen in the last 15 years. Most have been released unharmed.

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