|Abducted Iranian border guards freed: MP||
TEHRAN – Four out of five Iranian border guards who were abducted two months ago near Iran’s border with Pakistan have been freed, the Mehr News Agency quoted Iranian lawmaker Esmaeil Kowsari as saying on Friday.
Five 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 claimed responsibility for the abduction.
In March, the group claimed that it had killed the fifth member of the group of guards.
“Four of the five abducted Iranian border guards have been handed over to Iranian officials in Pakistan,” Kowsari said.
He added that the body of the martyred guard had been handed over to the Iranian officials in Pakistan along with other four guards who are healthy.
In a statement published on its facebook page, Jaish al-Adl confirmed that it has released the Iranian border guards as a sign of “goodwill and humanity” upon the request of Sunni clerics.
Last month, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani phoned Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif asking for “serious action” to free the guards.
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