Dutch couple freed by abductors in Yemen

AP News
Posted: Dec 10, 2013 9:58 PM

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — A Dutch couple freed after months in captivity in Yemen say they received good treatment from their abductors.

Dutch journalist Judith Spiegel and her partner Boudewijn Berendsen spoke to reporters early Wednesday at the Sanaa airport as they began their trip back home.

Spiegel didn't provide details about who was behind the abduction or the circumstances surrounding the kidnapping. She says she is "a little unhappy to leave Yemen for this reason and so suddenly."

They were snatched in Sanaa on June 8 and released in recent days close to the Dutch embassy in the Yemeni capital.

Abductions are frequent in Yemen, an impoverished nation where armed tribesmen and al-Qaida-linked militants take hostages to swap for prisoners or cash. The Dutch government says it never pays ransom to free hostages.