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January 12 1998

Kidnapping Business
After four days in captivity, a Korean woman and her three-year old child, along with a Korean businessman were released unharmed on Thursday, January 8th. The woman is the wife of the First Secretary at the Embassy of the Republic of Korea (South Korea), while the man is just visiting. Although it looks like that the kidnapping of a foreign child was an accident, this is the first time that this happens in Yemen. The kidnapping was done by people from Al-Hada tribe, east of Dhamar and was motivated by their demand to implement a court death sentence on 3 men who had raped a boy belonging to the tribe.