Originally, the kidnappers had demanded a US$12 million in exchange for the two women and one man, and had threatened to kill the hostages if ransom wasn't paid imminently. The aid group Triangle Generation Humanitaire said the workers were in good health, although the details of their release are sketchy.
COMMENT: The senior Yemeni tribal mediator said Oman and Yemeni tribesmen negotiated the release, and that the hostages were handed over to mediators one by one. He said a helicopter carried the hostages from the southern Yemeni city of Shabwa, a hotbed of Islamic militants, to Oman late Sunday.
The three aid workers were abducted May 28 in eastern Yemen's Hadramawt province, which is home to al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula.
Triangle Generation Humanitaire is based in Lyon, France, and pulled out its expatriate employees from Yemen after the kidnapping, though Yemeni employees remain. The group works on projects to improve water supplies and farming infrastructure.