Three French aid workers freed after being held hostage in Yemen for five months have returned to France.
They had been kidnapped in the southern desert and moved around by a group linked to al Qaeda. It is not known whether a ransom was paid. France says Oman played a decisive role in the hostages’ release.
The trio – a man and two women aged between 25 and 30 – were brought first to Muscat, where they spoke to reporters before coming home.
“The three of us are very thankful to His Majesty Sultan Qaboos, Sultan of Oman, and for all the efforts deployed to lead us to freedom,” said one.
The three worked for the Lyon-based Triangle Génération Humanitaire. Its operation in Yemen began by helping Somali refugees in the late 1990s and is now involved with several agricultural programmes.
During their captivity, the workers were reportedly held in several locations.