Japanese Engineer Kidnapped by Yemen Tribesmen

By: Ahmed Al-Haj AP Email
By: Ahmed Al-Haj AP Email

SAN'A, Yemen (AP) - A Japanese Embassy official says a Japanese
engineer has been kidnapped in Yemen by armed tribesmen who have
made some demands of their government.

Kohei Akiyama, the embassy's first secretary, did not release the name of the kidnapped man. He said he works for a private company that was not identified. He said the kidnapping took place more than a day ago. Local residents said the kidnapping took place 12 miles north of San'a.

Yemeni security officials confirmed the kidnapping and said the tribesmen demanded the government release one of their imprisoned
tribe members.

In the past, tribesmen have kidnapped foreigners to wrest concessions from the government. But they usually treated the captives well, releasing them unharmed.

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