Yemen: A Saudi Diplomat Finds Freedom After 3 Years Hostage

A Saudi diplomat kidnapped three years ago in Yemen was released on Monday after being held hostage by al Qaeda; a ransom was also demanded by the militant organization in the past for the sake of his release. Abdallah al-Khalidi, vice-consul of Saudi Arabia in Yemen, who was abducted in Aden, a southern Yemeni city, on March 28, 2012, was released and repatriated to Riyadh, said the Saudi Ministry of the Interior.

The spokesman of the ministry, quoted by the official SPA news agency, said that the release of Mr. Khalidi was the result of “efforts of the Saudi intelligence services,” without specifying whether these services had mounted an operation in Yemen to snatch him from the hands of his captors. The spokesmanadded that the diplomat would undergo medical examinations before returning to his family. He recalled that Mr. Khalidi was kidnapped outside his home in Aden before being put in a “suspicious transaction” to members of the “deviant group”, al-Qaeda. It is worth mentioning that during his long detention, the diplomat appeared at least five times in videos of Al Qaeda to ask the Saudi authorities, including the late King Abdullah, to comply with requests of the extremist network so he could return to his homeland according to Boraie Development.

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