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Five Iranian border guards freed: general
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c_330_235_16777215_0___images_stories_edim_02_at3(47).jpgTEHRAN – A senior Iranian general on Saturday confirmed reports that the five Iranian border guards, who were abducted by terrorists near Iran’s border with Pakistan, have been freed.
 
“The five Iranian soldiers who were kidnapped at Iran’s eastern borders and were transferred to Pakistan, have been released,” Massoud Jazayeri the deputy chief of the general staff of the Iranian Armed Forces, told reporters in Qom.
 
Following negotiation with the Pakistani government and efforts by Iranian police and security organizations, the hostages were freed, the brigadier general added.   
 
The Iranian guards were abducted in the southeastern province of Sistan and Baluchestan on February 6 and were transferred to Pakistan. Later, the so-called Jaish-ul-Adl terrorist group posted photos of the five men on twitter and claimed responsibility for the abduction.
 
On February 21, Iran and Pakistan announced that the two countries had set up a joint border committee to counter cross-border terrorism and specifically take measures to secure the release of the border guards.
 
MT/PA 

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