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Troops save British hostage Douglas Robert Semple as pleas for help surface

By Dominic Harris

A video has emerged apparently showing British hostage Douglas Robert Semple pleading for help seven months after he was kidnapped by al-Qaida terrorists.

Mr Semple (64) was taken captive in February last year and was being held in Yemen. He was freed by United Arab Emirates forces, Prime Minister David Cameron said.

Footage posted on YouTube by Arab broadcaster AlziandiQ8 on August 31 last year appears to show Mr Semple begging for help from Britain or Yemeni authorities, saying he fears his captors will soon kill him.

In the video, Mr Semple, blindfolded with a blue scarf or neckerchief, speaks haltingly with his head lowered in front of a red drape with black patterns.

He said: "My name is Bob Semple. I am a British subject working in Yemen for a royal services company, Intracs Middle East Limited.

"Please, British or Yemen, please help me to get back to my family.

"I have been captive for seven months and my situation is not good. These guys are going to kill me, soon, I think.

"Please, act quickly for my release."

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