Huthis free senior Yemen intelligence officer
SANAA - Shiite militiamen on Monday released a senior Yemeni intelligence officer they had abducted last month in the capital Sanaa, 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 Sanaa on December 25 when some 20 Huthi 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 Huthis, 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 Sanaa on September 21.
The Huthis have since expanded their presence in central and western Yemen, but have met fierce resistance from Sunni tribes and Al-Qaeda militants.