Yemeni tribesmen free kidnapped Turkish man in Abyan
ADEN (Reuters) - Yemeni tribesmen on Sunday freed a Turkish bus driver kidnapped in the southern province of Abyan after they reached a deal with authorities that could lead to the release of a jailed kinsman, a security official said.
The Turk, who works for a tourism agency in the southern port city of Aden, was kidnapped by armed tribesmen on September 12 on his way from Aden to the south-eastern city of Mukalla.
The tribesmen released Tejan Mawloud after mediation by local tribal leaders and a promise to free a jailed tribesman, said the official, who asked not to be named.
Yemen is plagued by poverty and lawlessness, with Islamist militant attacks targeting government facilities and officials as part of a campaign against the state.
Disgruntled tribesmen also frequently kidnap foreigners visiting or working in the Arabian Peninsula country as a way to press their demands on authorities. The hostages are usually freed unharmed.
(Reporting by Mohammed Mukhashaf; Writing by Rania El Gamal; Editing by Mark Heinrich)
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