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Gunmen Abduct Two Finns, One Austrian in Yemen’s Capital

December 22, 2012

Two Finnish nationals and an Austrian man were abducted by gunmen in the Yemeni capital of Sanaa yesterday, Finland’s foreign ministry said.

An unidentified group of men took the Finnish couple and the Austrian man in the city center, the ministry said today in an e-mailed statement. Finland’s government is sending its representative to Yemen today and Finnish officials are working with Austria to resolve the situation, the ministry said.

Yemen suffers from terrorism and civil unrest as it makes the transition to democracy under Abdurabuh Mansur Hadi, who was elected president in February. The so-called Arab Spring, which began almost two years ago in Tunisia, led to the resignation of President Ali Abdullah Saleh.

Finland’s foreign ministry said this month it is advising against traveling to Yemen, citing terrorism and kidnapping attempts. The abducted Finnish man was studying in Yemen, and his kidnapped partner, a woman, was visiting him, the foreign ministry said today.

To contact the reporter on this story: Ville Heiskanen in Helsinki at

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Kenneth Wong at

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