Yemen troops search for missing French aid workers

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Yemeni security forces were searching on Monday for three French aid workers missing in the southeastern province of Hadramawt, a provincial official told AFP without confirming that they had been kidnapped.

"All the security services have been mobilised and are searching the region, in the valleys and the desert," said Omair Mubarak Omair, number three in the provincial administration.

Omair said that he could not confirm that the trio, who have been missing since Saturday, had been abducted.

"For the moment, we consider them missing and do not have any proof of their kidnap," he said.

The three -- two women and a man -- are part of the French non-governmental organisation Triangle Generation Humanitaire, and were working together with a group of 17 Yemenis in the town of Seyun.

The official said that they had refused protection from Yemeni authorities, saying they did not need it.

© 2011 AFP

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