Dearborn Heights man among 2 hostages freed from Yemen

Associated Press

Dearborn Heights — A Michigan man is one of two American hostages who has been freed after months of being held in Yemen’s raging civil war.

Former U.S. Marine Sam Farran from Dearborn Heights took his first steps to freedom down a staircase pushed against an Oman royal air force jet. The security industry worker was joined in the Gulf Arab state by Scott Darden, who works for a New Orleans-based logistics company.

Farran’s wife, Zeina, tells WJBK-TV that the family is “very relieved and thrilled that it’s all over.” She added that she “can’t wait for him to come home.”

Oman announced Sunday night it had negotiated the release of the two Americans as well as three Saudis and a British citizen being held by Yemen’s Shiite Houthi rebels.