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Iranian Guards Kidnapped On Pakistan Border

16 Oct 2018, 18:07 GMT+10

Iranian state media reports say 14 border guards, including Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) intelligence officers, were kidnapped on the southeastern border with Pakistan on October 16.

The official IRNA news agency said the border guards were 'abducted between 4 a.m. and 5 a.m. in the Lulakdan area of the border by a terrorist group.'

Lulakdan is located 150 kilometers southeast of Zahedan, capital of the southeastern province of Sistan-Baluchistan.

Of the 14, two were members of the elite IRGC intelligence unit and seven were volunteers in the Basij militia involved in 'a security operation.'

The others were regular border guards, said the state-owned Young Journalists' Club website.

The reports did not name a specific group as a suspect in the abduction.

Based on reporting by Reuters and AFP

Copyright (c) 2018. RFE/RL, Inc. Republished with the permission of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 1201 Connecticut Ave NW, Ste 400, Washington DC 20036

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