Issa T. Salomi

Issa T. Salomi

An El Cajon man kidnapped in Iraq while working as a linguist for the U.S. military was back home Saturday.

Issa Salomi, 60, spent a few days at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas, before being flow home to San Diego County Saturday night, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported.

The National Guard released a statement, saying he healthy, in good spirits, resting and readjusting to "back to normal life.''

Salomi, a U.S. citizen, was kidnapped Jan. 23, reportedly by a Shiite group in Baghdad and recently freed. The

"We do not wish to speak to anyone about his homecoming at this time, and ask that the media respect our wishes to share a peaceful Easter weekend during this delicate adjustment period," his family said in a statement.

Salomi, who was raised in Baghdad, studied civil engineering in England and is the son of a photographer who worked for the Iraqi monarchy. He had been working in Iraq since 2007.

How he was freed has not been disclosed. The Pentagon announced his release March 27.

A Shiite group that took responsibility for the kidnapping, known as the League of the Righteous, said Salomi was freed in exchange for four of its members held by the Iraqi government.