SANAA- Yemeni troops on Tuesday freed eight hostages, including a foreigner, from a group of Al-Qaeda militants who were killed in a dawn raid, a security official said.
All seven kidnappers died in the rescue operation at an undisclosed location, according to the official with Yemen’s Supreme Security Committee who did not give the nationality of the foreigner.
“After security services received information on the location of the terrorist Al-Qaeda elements that kidnapped eight hostages — seven Yemenis and a foreigner — anti-terrorism forces carried out a successful dawn operation which freed all the hostages,” he said.
A member of the security forces was lightly wounded in the raid, the official told the state-run Saba news agency, without saying how long the hostages had been held.
Hundreds of people have been kidnapped in Yemen over the past two decades, mostly by tribesmen who use them as bargaining chips in disputes with the government.
Nearly all have been freed unharmed.