Freed hostages say they were treated well under the circumstances

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In a prepared statement, Leila Kaleva said that the couple was kept together throughout their captivity and treated well in light of the conditions. She said their food and drink was the same as their captors'.

She added that for some of the time, her husband was chained, but she was not. They were not subjected to violence.

Atte Kaleva said that their kidnappers were tribal members, whom he described as Salifists and al-Qaida sympathizers.

Before his third visit to Yemen, he says, "I informally talked with many officials, including at the Finnish Embassy in Saudi Arabia, the Finnish Security Police, the Defence Ministry and of course my own superior, the commander of the Pori Brigade. They all brought up their concerns about the dangers of going to Yemen."

The two denied any knowledge of the payment of a ransom for their release.


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