Dutch couple freed by abductors in Yemen

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Associated Press

Posted on December 11, 2013 at 5:32 AM

Updated Wednesday, Dec 11 at 5:36 AM

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — A Dutch couple is finally heading home after months as captives in Yemen but they're not talking about who was behind the abduction or the circumstances surrounding the kidnapping.

Dutch journalist Judith Spiegel and her partner Boudewijn Berendsen (BOW'-duh-wihn BEER'-ehnd-sehn) say they received good treatment from their abductors.

The pair spoke to reporters at the Sanaa airport.

Spiegel, who works for the Dutch national broadcaster NOS and the newspaper NRC Handelsblad, thanked those who helped secure their release.

The couple were snatched in Sanaa on June 8 and released in recent days close to the Dutch embassy in the Yemeni capital.

No one has claimed responsibility for the kidnapping.

Abductions are frequent in Yemen, an impoverished nation where armed tribesmen and al-Qaida-linked militants take hostages to swap for prisoners or cash. The Dutch government says it never pays ransom to free hostages.

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