British Hostage Oil Worker Freed From Al-Qaeda

Published at 11:04AM - 24/08/15

A British oil worker taken hostage by Al-Qaeda whilst working in Yemen, has been freed with the help of the UAE armed forces.

The hostage, believed to be Robert Douglas Semple 64, had been taken whilst working in the remote Hadramawt region of the country in February 2014. 

Sources have previously said that Mr Semple had been taken at gun point by the terrorist group, Al-Qaeda, before being bundled into the back of a waiting car.

Exact details of Mr Semple’s whereabouts or treatment whilst hostage are currently unknown.

Speaking from the British embassy in the Iranian capital Tehran, The British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said, “A British oil worker has been freed by UAE forces and is safe and well. The oil industry worker, 64, is receiving support from British authorities.”

However both Mr Hammond and The British Foreign Office decline to comment on the individuals name.

In his comments to the press, Mr Hammond added his thanks to the nations of the UAE saying, ”We are very grateful for the assistance of the UAE.”

According to the Emirates news agency ‘WAM’, the UAE had been conducting intelligence operations against Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP).   

During one of their latest operations, UAE forces had managed to free Mr Semple, before taking him to the port of Aden.  From their he was flown by UAE military plane to Abu Dhabi, where to was met by UAE officials as well as the British Ambassador.

His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces

His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces

 

A press release on behalf of the UAE Crown Prince Court said, His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, telephoned British Prime Minister David Cameron last night to inform him that the UAE Armed Forces operating in Aden had reached the location in Yemen where UK citizen Robert Douglas Semple had been kidnapped by the terrorist Al Qaeda organisation.

Sources have said that My Semple has been able to telephone his wife, and is undergoing through medical examinations in Abu Dhabi. He will return back to the UK in due course.