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Officials say Yemeni rebels have freed two Americans

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Houthi rebels in Yemen’s capital, Sana’a, have freed American journalist Luke Somers and South African teacher Pierre Korkie, local media reported Monday.

CNN reported that Mr. Somers, a freelance journalist from Rochester, New Hampshire, and Mr. Korkie, a native of Johannesburg, were freed after 18 days in captivity.

The mayor of Sana’a, Yasser Juma, told CNN that the two hostages were out of harm’s way and that the ransom was paid.

“In our opinion, the two hostages are out of danger and not in a situation that would require any kind of ransom payment,” Mr. Juma said.

Mr. Somers was kidnapped on Sept. 26, while reporting on the fighting between the Houthis and government forces. He was working for the Red Crescent and had filed a report about executions carried out by the Houthis.

A video of Mr. Somers’s execution last month sparked an international outcry and an international effort to secure his release. Yemen’s government announced Mr. Somers’s death four days later.

The death of Mr. Somers, who was married with two young sons, stunned many Americans, who had become increasingly accustomed to holding Westerners hostage in Iraq, Syria and other places in the Middle East.

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