Dutch couple vanish in Yemen

AFP-JIJI

A Dutch couple living in Yemen have disappeared in Sanaa, police said on Saturday, with press reports saying they had been kidnapped.

Press reports said the couple, who have not been named, had not been seen for three days.

Western sources said the pair were teaching at the Lebanese International University in Sanaa, and that the wife was also a journalist working for a radio station in the Netherlands.

Hundreds of people have been abducted in the past 15 years. Most kidnappings of foreigners are carried out by members of Yemen’s powerful tribes who use them as bargaining chips in disputes with the central government.

But al-Qaida has also seized foreigners in the country, including a Saudi diplomat, Abdullah al-Khalidi, who is still being held by the network after being kidnapped in March 2012 in Aden.