Aid group 'relief' at video of kidnapped staff

12th September 2011, Comments 0 comments

A French aid group expressed "immense relief" Monday after seeing an online video of three of its workers feared kidnapped in Yemen nearly 11 weeks ago.

"It is them," Triangle Generation Humanitaire, a non-governmental organisation, said -- referring to its three staff believed abducted on May 28 at Seyoun, about 600 kilometres (400 miles) east of Sanaa.

"We have proof that they are alive. It is an immense relief as we haven't had any news for more than 100 days," group director Patrick Verbruggen told AFP.

"They seem to be in good shape. They spoke clearly," he added.

Al-Masdar Online, an independent Yemeni news website, posted a video online of a man and two women it said were the three French aid workers.

In the clip of one minute and 49 seconds, the bearded man states in French: "we have been hostages for 102 days", alongside two women dressed in black and their heads covered sitting on the floor.

Tribal sources said in July that the three were seized by Al-Qaeda militants in the Hadramawt town of Seyun, 600 kilometres east of Sanaa.

© 2011 AFP

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