Hostages moved be­fore raid

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AL-QAEDA mil­i­tants hold­ing an Amer­i­can jour­nal­ist in Ye­men moved him and two other for­eign hostages just days be­fore a raid to free him, a Ye­meni de­fence min­istry web­site said. The jour­nal­ist as well as a Bri­tish na­tional and a South African are among sev­eral hostages held by al-Qaeda in the vi­o­lence-wracked coun­try. On Tues­day, Ye­meni spe­cial forces said to have been backed by US com­man­dos, raided an al-Qaeda hide­out in Hajr As-Saghir in the south­east­ern prov­ince of Hadra­mawt to free the cap­tives. Eight hostages – six Ye­me­nis, a Saudi and an Ethiopian – were freed in the op­er­a­tion in which seven gun­men were killed – Sapa-AFP

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