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German hostage family freed in Yemen

A former German top diplomat and his family who were taken hostage by Yemeni tribesmen a week ago have been freed after security forces laid siege to the kidnappers’ hideout. Juergen Chrobog — a former ambassador and foreign ministry number two — and his wife and three sons were freed and their four captors arrested, the state news agency Saba reported, quoting a Yemeni official. “After a siege of two days at the area where the hostages were detained, security forces, backed by army soldiers, seized the four hostage-takers. They will be questioned and referred to justice,” the agency said. He said the family was freed in the small village in the province of Shabwa and transported by helicopter to the port city of Aden. In Berlin, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said the five were now “in the protection of the Yemeni authorities.” Full Story

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