American Couple Kidnapped In Yemen By Tribesmen

May 24, 2010

Yemen (ChattahBox) – An American tourist couple have been kidnapped, along with their driver and tour guide, in what it believed to be an attempt at gaining leverage in a land dispute.

Foreigners are commonly kidnapped in the region and then released, vying for a way to gain a greater hand in property and family disputes, or with putting pressure on the local government.

The couple have not been named, but a phone call from the driver who was taken has confirmed that they are American, and that the tribesmen who took them will release them if the government releases a jailed relative who was arrested in a property dispute.

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