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American held in Yemen freed, evacuated to Oman: official

American Wallead Yusuf Pitts Luqman was transported onboard an Omani military aircraft from Yemen after his release was securedAn American citizen held in Yemen was released Sunday and evacuated from rebel-controlled Sanaa to Muscat along with Yemenis wounded in the country’s conflict, the sultanate’s foreign ministry said. Identified by the US State Department, Wallead Yusuf Pitts Luqman was transported onboard an Omani military aircraft after his release was secured “following a request by the US government (to Oman) to continue helping in (releasing) its citizens held in Yemen”, the ministry said in a statement carried by state news agency ONA. It said he was set free following “coordination with concerned parties in Sanaa,” in an apparent reference to Iran-backed Shiite Huthi rebels.

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