IRAN: An Iranian diplomat kidnapped by gunmen in Yemen capital, Sana’a, in July 21, 2013 has returned home after being released as reported by the Iran State Media, Press TV Iran.
Nour Ahmad Nikbakht was kidnapped in July 21, 2013 while leaving his home in the diplomatic Sana’a, by gunmen suspected of being members of Al-Qaeda. Nikbakht’s plane landed in Tehran’s Mehrabad Airport on Thursday where he was received by Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossain Amir-Abdollahian, and his tearful family members. He thanked the Islamic Republic officials for their efforts to secure his safe release.
“I was kidnapped by armed terrorists on my way to the embassy from home. I was the held hostage,” he said, adding, “The officials at Foreign Ministry and Intelligence Ministry and other related organizations made great efforts for my release. I express my sincere gratitude to all of them.”
Amir-Abdollahian said, “Iran has set up a special committee involving all the relevant parties to work toward Nikbakht’s freedom. The efforts led to a special taskforce established by the Islamic Republic’s Intelligence Ministry.” He added, “Through a series of complex and arduous operations inside a restive region of Yemen Mr. Nikbakht was freed from the clutches of the terrorists.”
Moreover, Iranian Intelligence Minister Mahmoud Alavi said to the media that Nikbakht’s release was secured without meeting any of the preconditions set by the terrorists.