Yemeni gunmen kidnap, then free, Egyptian [Archives:2003/669/Local News]

September 18 2003

SANA'A, Sept 16 (Reuters) – Yemeni tribesmen, with the police in hot pursuit, freed an Egyptian embassy driver on Tuesday shortly after kidnapping him, the Interior Ministry said.
Kidnappers snatched the man from in front of a school in a southern district of the capital Sana'a but released him and escaped when police chased them down a highway, an unnamed ministry official told Yemen's Saba news agency.
He said police were still searching for the kidnappers, adding that they had made financial demands on an unspecified Egyptian entity.
Officials had earlier said the man was believed to be an Egyptian diplomat.
Witnesses said three or four armed tribesmen had kidnapped the man, who was driving a car with diplomatic licence plates from the Egyptian mission.
Embassy officials were not immediately available to comment.