Noor Ahmad Nikbakht, who was abducted by unidentified attackers in the Yemeni capital Sanaa, returned home after an intelligence operation to free him
An Iranian diplomat held hostage in Yemen since 2013
returned home on Thursday following an intelligence operation to free him,
Iranian state media reported, days after a kidnapped Saudi Arabian diplomat was
freed in Yemen.
Noor Ahmad Nikbakht, who was abducted by
unidentified attackers in the Yemeni capital Sanaa in July 2013, arrived at
Tehran's Mehrabad Airport on Thursday, state news agency IRNA reported.
"A special team from the Intelligence Ministry
was able to free Nikbakht from the clutches of terrorists in a series of
complex and difficult operations in a very particular part of Yemen," IRNA
quoted deputy foreign minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian as saying.
Nikbakht was the second high-profile hostage to be
freed in Yemen this week. A Saudi Arabian diplomat kidnapped in 2012 was
released on Monday, after being held by Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.
Yemen has plunged deeper into turmoil since the
Iranian-backed Shi'ite Muslim Houthi group seized control of the capital in
September last year.
Iran's state-run Press TV showed images on Thursday
of Nikbakht, looking healthy and wearing a suit, meeting his family and
Abdollahian at the airport.