Tehran, YJC. Iranian Intelligence Minister Mahmoud Alavi says that an Iranian diplomat who was taken hostage in Yemen was freed without Tehran having to take the abductors' demands.
Speaking in a press conference on Thursday morning, he said taht Nurahmad Nikbakht who was taken hostage by terrorists in Yemen 20 months ago was freed by the Intelligence Ministry's forces.
He said that the ministry freed the hostage in a way to have no cost for Iran.
"The intelligence officers of the Islamic Republic of Iran managed through some sophisticated intelligent approach and by using novel tricks to carry out the operation in a way that none of the terrorists' demands would be granted and the diplomat was freed without the smallest cost."
Elswhere, Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister in African and Arab Affaris Hossein Amir Abdullahian said that the freedom of the diplomat was made possible through close cooperation between the ministries of intelligence and foreign affairs.
He said that the Foreign Ministry had launched a special committee on the case which conducted highly sophisticated measures for the freedom of the Iranian diplomat.
Nikbakht was on his way to work from his home in the diplomatic quarter of the Yemeni capital, Sana’a, on July 21, 2013, when unidentified gunmen blocked the road, forced him out of his vehicle and abducted him.