By GHAZANFAR ALI KHAN | ARAB NEWS
RIYADH: A Saudi diplomat who was kidnapped by tribal militants in Yemen late last month has been released and is under the protection of the Saudi Embassy in Sanaa, said Osama Nugali, a spokesman of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, here Tuesday. Saeed Al-Malki was freed Tuesday morning, said Nugali.
It took several hours for Al-Malki to reach the Saudi mission, the spokesman added, because he was detained at a remote mountainous hideout 80 to 90 km southeast of Sanaa. According to reports, the captors initially demanded SR5 million in ransom. But mediators persuaded the abductors to release Al-Malki unconditionally.