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British teacher kidnapped in Yemen is released

Published on Jul 27, 2014 6:00 AM

SANAA (AFP) - A British teacher kidnapped in Yemen earlier this year was released safely on Saturday following negotiations by the government in Sanaa, both countries said.

"Mike Harvey, who had been held in Yemen since February, has been released today," a Foreign Office spokesman in London told AFP.

"He has been released safely and he is being supported by staff at the British embassy and they will work to reunite him with his family very soon."

A Yemeni official said earlier the British hostage, whom he did not name, had been freed in a joint security operation with tribesmen in the Al-Juf area north-east of Sanaa.

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