Al-Qaeda transfers abducted UN employees out of Abyan province

Al-Qaeda transfers abducted UN employees out of Abyan province

Al-Qaeda has transferred 5 kidnapped UN employees out of Abyan province, in the south of Yemen, local media reported on Friday.

This comes about 9 months after the UN staff were kidnapped by the terrorist organisation in the province under the control of the Saudi-led coalition forces.

Local media quoted military sources as saying that the operation to smuggle the five abductees came after the failure of the military campaign carried out by the UAE-backed militias in releasing them and taking control over the terrorist organisation’s camp in Wadi Omran in Abyan.

Al-Qaeda had demanded a ransom of $ 5 million for the release of the abductees.

On February 12, an official in the United Nations office in Yemen announced the kidnapping of 5 employees in Abyan, southern Yemen.

It is noteworthy that the five kidnapped employees include the Director of the United Nations Peace and Security Office in Yemen, Akam Sophiol, and four Yemeni local employees.

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