Yemeni President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi REUTERS/Mohamed al-Sayaghi

Sanaa - Gunmen kidnapped three tourists in Yemen's capital on Friday and drove off with them to an unknown location, a security official told AFP, adding that their nationalities were not yet known.

“Four masked gunmen in a vehicle attacked a shop in central Sanaa and abducted three foreign tourists - a woman and two men,” said the official, adding that the tourists were taken away at gunpoint.

The source said the trio were kidnapped from an electronics store.

“An investigation is under way to track them down,” he said.

No further information was immediately available.

Hundreds of people have been abducted in Yemen over the past 15 years, many of them by members of the country's powerful tribes who use them as bargaining chips in disputes with the authorities.

Almost all of them have later been freed unharmed. - Sapa-AFP