July 15, 2012
A French aid worker kidnapped in northern Yemen in April by armed men has been released and is in good health, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said yesterday.
"Benjamin Malbrancke, the delegate of the International Committee of the Red Cross abducted on April 21 by armed individuals near the town of Hodeida, in northern Yemen, is free," the humanitarian agency said in a brief statement. Referring to an al Qaeda-linked cell, ICRC spokesman Hicham Hassan told Reuters in Geneva: "He (Malbrancke) was handed over to ICRC representatives by Ansar al-Sharia on Friday. We don't know who the abductors were."