Two Americans who were kidnapped in Yemen recently have been freed, said Mohammed Al-Basha, a spokesman for the Yemeni Embassy in Washington.
Yemeni security authorities surrounded the kidnappers and pressed them to release the hostages, the spokesman said. They are currently safe in Sanaa, the capital, he added.
Tribal gunmen kidnapped the two American tourists along with their driver and translator, and demanded the release of a jailed tribesman in return for their captives' freedom, Yemeni officials said Monday.
A senior member of the tribe confirmed that they have released the Americans, their driver and translator.
The government promised the tribe that if they released the hostages, it would reopen the file on the jailed tribesman and study it again, according to a Yemeni government official who asked not to be named because he is not authorized to speak to the media.
The kidnappers held the hostages in the Haima district west of Sanaa, Yemeni Embassy spokesman Al-Basha said.
It is not uncommon for foreign tourists to be kidnapped in Yemen.
- CNN Senior State Department Producer Elise Labott and CNN Arabic Editor Caroline Faraj contributed to this report.