Three French hostages freed in Yemen arrive in Oman: AFP

14th November 2011, Comments 0 comments

Three French hostages kidnapped by Al-Qaeda militants in Yemen more than five months ago arrived Monday in the Omani capital Muscat after being freed, an AFP correspondent said.

The trio arrived at the Al-Seeb airbase near Muscat on an Omani military plane and they appeared in good health, the correspondent said.

The three aid workers, two women and a man, had flown in from the Omani city of Salalah, about 1,000 kilometres (620 miles) south of the capital and near the border with Yemen where they had been held captive, a tribal official involved in their release told AFP.

The male hostage sported a beard and one of the women was wearing a skirt while the other wore pants.

A Yemeni businessman, Ahmed al-Souraimeh Ferid Ben, who was exiled to Oman in the 1990s and who worked for the hostages' release, accompanied the French citizens on the plane.

At the military base, the freed hostages were greeted by France's ambassador to Oman, Malika Berak.

The hostages disappeared on May 28. News of their release broke early Monday with a statement from the French presidential palace.

© 2011 AFP

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