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Yemen tribesmen 'kidnap German'

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Armed Yemeni tribesmen have kidnapped a German engineer and two of his colleagues, a Yemeni gas firm has said.

The incident involving employees of Yemen LNG happened in Shabwa region, east of the capital Sanaa, on Sunday.

One report said the kidnappers had demanded that the authorities release fellow tribesmen from prison.

It is the latest in a string of kidnappings of foreigners by Yemeni tribesmen. In almost all cases, those abducted have been freed unharmed.

On Sunday, a spokesman for the German foreign ministry said he could not confirm the abduction.

"The ministry and embassy are working intensively to try to establish what has happened," the spokesman said.

"We are in close contact with the Yemeni authorities," he added.

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