Hostages Freed in Yemen

We have been inundated by calls from the media after eight hostages were freed from Al Qaeda captivity in the early hours in Yemen today.  Apparently, one of the hostages is a foreign national but the identity has not been announced.

We are aware of this development and are busy with our own investigations in Yemen to get clarification and further information as to whether Pierre Korkie may be the foreign national as South Africans are keenly awaiting his freedom.

However, having said that we are not aware of Pierre being held with local hostages. We know that in June he was spotted with the Sierra Leone hostage from UNICEF who was released recently.

We await further information.