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Houthis Free Senior Yemen Intelligence Officer

National Yemen

Houthi militiamen on Monday released a senior Yemeni intelligence officer they had abducted last month in the capital Sana’a, a security official said.

General Yahia al-Marrani, head of internal security at Yemen’s intelligence services, was set free following mediation by Oman, the official said, without providing further details.

Marrani was kidnapped in Sana’a on December 25 when some 20 Houthi gunmen stormed his residence and took him to an unknown location.

Marrani had previously served for five years as head of police intelligence in Saada province, the northern stronghold of the Houthis, who seized control of the capital last year.

He was named to his current post by President Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi, who took power in 2012 after former strongman Ali Abdullah Saleh stepped down following a year of nationwide protests.

Yemen has been rocked by instability since the Shiite fighters, who are also known as Ansarullah, seized control of Sana’a on September 21.