Yemen forces free 8 hostages, kill 7 al-Qaeda kidnappers


Security forces in Yemen have managed to rescue eight hostages, including a foreign national, in a special military operation against the al-Qaeda militant group.

Yemen’s Supreme Security Committee made the announcement in a statement carried by local media on Tuesday, without providing more details on the location of the operation and the nationality of the foreign hostage.

During the operation, seven al-Qaeda kidnappers were killed, while a member of Yemeni security forces sustained slight injuries, according to the statement.

It was not also immediately clear when or where the kidnappings had taken place.

Kidnappings in Yemen have become more frequent in recent years, with tribesmen or al-Qaeda militants seeking to exchange the captives with their members who are being held by the government.

Earlier this month, the UN said a Sierra Leonean engineer working on a sanitation project in Yemen had been freed more than a year after being abducted by unidentified gunmen.

Over the past months, al-Qaeda militants have frequently carried out attacks on Yemen’s security forces and have been also locked in deadly battles with Shia Ansarullah fighters.

Yemen’s central government has so far failed to confront the terrorist threat. Ansarullah fighters, however, have intervened to fill the vacuum and have driven al-Qaeda militants out of many areas in the country.

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