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Yemen Hopeful German Hostages Will Be Freed Soon

Officials in Yemen say they are hopeful a German family kidnapped by Yemeni tribesmen will be released soon.

Officials in Yemen's eastern Shabwa province said Friday negotiations are in their advanced stages and appear to be progressing well.

Armed tribesmen seized former German Deputy Foreign Minister Juergen Chrobog, his wife and three children as they toured the mountains of eastern Yemen Wednesday.

Authorities suspect the tribesmen abducted the family to pressure the government to release detained members of their tribe.

Two Austrians and two Swiss tourists were kidnapped in Yemen over the past month, but were later released.

Yemeni tribes have been known to use kidnappings to try to force concessions from the government. The hostages are usually released unharmed.

Some information for this report provided by AFP and AP.