UAE says army frees British hostage held by al-Qaida in Yemen, takes him to Abu Dhabi

August 23, 2015 8:51 AM

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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – The United Arab Emirates says its military has freed a British hostage held by al-Qaida in Yemen for 18 months.

A statement carried by the official WAM news agency says that Douglas Robert Semple, 64, was freed during a military intelligence operation and taken to the Yemeni port city of Aden before being flown by UAE military aircraft to Abu Dhabi.

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