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Iranian diplomat kidnapped in Yemen is freed
Iranian diplomat kidnapped in Yemen is freed

An Iranian diplomat kidnapped and held in Yemen for almost 20 months has been freed and arrived Thursday in Tehran, officials said. Iranian authorities credited an “intelligence operation” for the liberation of the diplomat, Nour Ahmad Nikbakh, but declined to provide specifics. The freed diplomat was pictured on Iranian television being greeted by tearful relatives as he arrived Thursday morning at Tehran’s Mehrabad Airport. Nikbakh told reporters he was kidnapped by “armed terrorists” on July 21, 2013, on his way from his home in Sana to the Iranian Embassy. Iran’s deputy prime minister, Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, appeared with the released diplomat...

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