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Finland says 2 Finnish hostages, 1 Austrian freed after kidnapping in Yemen in December

Finland says two Finnish and one Austrian hostage who were kidnapped in Yemen in December have been released.

Finnish Foreign Minister Erkki Tuomioja says the Finnish couple, Leila and Atte Kaleva, and Austrian Dominik Neubauer have not been harmed and had flown to Austria where they were being examined at a hospital.

Tuomioja said Thursday that Finland did not pay a ransom for the hostages' release. He thanked officials in Austria, Oman and Yemen for close cooperation during the 140-day ordeal.

He declined to give further details.