French kidnapped in Yemen appear in online video

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Three French aid workers who were kidnapped in southeast Yemen in May reportedly appeared on Monday in a video that has been posted on a news website.

Al-Masdar Online, an independent website, posted the short video showing a man and two women, saying they were the French aid workers who were taken hostage on May 28.

Tribal sources said in July that the three -- from French non-governmental group Triangle Generation Humanitaire -- were seized by Al-Qaeda militants in the Hadramawt town of Seyun, 600 kilometres (370 miles) east of Sanaa.

In the video, a bearded man can be seen saying in French that "we have been hostages for 102 days" and that he had been part of a project in Seyun.

An employee from Triangle Generation Humanitaire who saw the video confirmed to AFP that those in the footage were the three French colleagues who went missing in in May.

The emergence of the video on Monday is the first sign of the three aid workers since they went missing.

Foreigners have frequently been kidnapped in Yemen by tribes who use the tactic to pressure the authorities into making concessions.

More than 200 foreigners have been kidnapped in Yemen over the past 15 years, with almost all of them later freed unharmed.

© 2011 AFP

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