Three Filipino sailors seized in Yemen
- 21 March 2012
- From the section Middle East
Three Filipino sailors have been kidnapped by tribal militants in central Yemen, according to the country's interior ministry.
The militants want the authorities to release a prisoner from the tribe in exchange, the official said.
The Filipinos were abducted as they were travelling to a port in Mahra.
Yemen's long-term President Ali Abdullah Saleh stepped down in February after months of protests which took the country to the brink of civil war.
Yemen faces daunting challenges: widespread poverty and malnutrition, a secessionist movement in the south, rebellions across the country and a fight against al-Qaeda militants.
Last week a Swiss woman was kidnapped from a town on the west coast of Yemen.
More than 200 foreigners have been seized in the country over the past 15 years; most have been freed unharmed.