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Yemen: 3 Filipino sailors kidnapped

Associated Press

SANAA, Yemen (AP) – A Yemeni Interior Ministry official says tribesmen have kidnapped three Filipino sailors to press for release of a prisoner.

The official says the three were abducted on Wednesday while heading from Marib, east of Sanaa, to a port in al-Mahrah province. The official identified kidnappers as Bani Gabr tribesmen who demand release of a prisoner from the tribe.

Also, a senior Yemeni intelligence officer was kidnapped in the southern Hadramawt province. Officials say al-Qaida-linked militants are believed to be behind the abduction.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to reporters.

Al-Qaida militants have seized several towns in southern Yemen during a year of political turmoil and a resulting security vacuum.

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