May 24, 2010 11:29 AM by Bea Karnes, News First 5

2 American tourists kidnapped in Yemen

Yemeni officials say tribal gunmen have kidnapped two American tourists and are demanding the release of a jailed tribesman for the pair.

The U.S. Embassy in San'a says it doesn't have any information about the kidnapping.

Security officials, a taxi driver and tribesmen say the two - a man and a woman - were seized today as they were traveling west of the capital in al-Hudaydah province. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they aren't authorized to speak to the media.

The taxi driver who was driving the two, says six gunmen stopped them on the road and took them to a village. Tribesmen say the hostages are "guests" in their village.


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