British hostage in Yemen freed in rescue by United Arab Emirates army

August 23, 2015 2:21 PM

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The United Arab Emirates said Sunday that its military freed a British hostage who was kidnapped 18 months ago by al-Qaida in Yemen, which has expanded its reach amid fighting between Shiite rebels and their opponents.

A statement carried by the UAE's official WAM news agency identified the British hostage as Douglas Robert Semple. It said Semple, 64, had been working as a petroleum engineer in the Yemeni province of Hadramawt when he was kidnapped in February 2014. The statement did not say where in Yemen Semple ...

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