Is there any low these f**kers wont stoop to?
Hostages' bodies 'found in Yemen'
At least three foreign hostages seized in Yemen have been found dead, officials say.
are thought to be from a group of nine foreigners, three of them
children, who were kidnapped last week in a mountainous northern area.
The group comprised seven Germans, a British national and a South Korean.
are conflicting reports from Yemen on exactly how many bodies have been
found. One unconfirmed report says all nine hostages have been killed.
Another report - also unconfirmed - quoted officials saying two children had been found alive.
No-one has claimed responsibility for the kidnapping, which Yemen blamed on a local Shia rebel group.
than 200 foreign nationals have been kidnapped in Yemen in the last 15
years, often for ransom. But most have been released unharmed.
found the bodies of three hostages on Monday morning in the mountainous
northern Saada province near the town of el-Nashour, according to local
"The fate of the other six abducted people is still unknown," a statement said.
However, a security official in the capital Sanaa said the other six had also been found dead.
add to the confusion, another local official said seven bodies had been
found but that two children had been found alive, AFP news agency
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Yemen's Interior Ministry earlier said the foreigners had been kidnapped while on a picnic on Friday in the area.
said the group included a German doctor, his wife and three children,
and also a male British engineer and a female South Korean teacher.
The kidnapped adults all worked at a hospital in Saada, the state news agency said.
British and German government officials said on Monday they were investigating reports of the deaths.
are pressing ahead for examination of this information. For the moment,
I cannot give any confirmation," German Chancellor Angela Merkel said.
South Korea's foreign ministry also said it was checking the reported deaths.
The Yemeni government blamed a local Shia rebel group, led by Abdulmalik al-Houthi, for the kidnapping.
The group has fought a sporadic insurgency in the Zaidi Shia heartland between Sanaa, and the border with Saudi Arabia.
But it denied any involvement in a statement.
A local tribal leader in the area, speaking to the Associated Press news agency anonymously, blamed al-Qaeda.
is known to have operated in the area, and analysts say it may be
regrouping in Yemen after coming under pressure in Saudi Arabia and
CIA Director Leon Panetta said last week that Somalia and Yemen may have become safe havens for the group.
authorities said on Sunday they had arrested Hassan Hussein Bin Alwan,
described as the al-Qaeda's financier in the region and one of its
"most dangerous members".