Iranian abducted border guards in full health, says MP

TEHRAN (ISNA)- An Iranian parliament member said the five Iranian border guards kidnapped by Jaish-ul-Adl terrorist group are safe and sound.

“Based on the recent information we have received about the border guards, they were taken hostage, but are safe and sound,” said Rapporteur of Iranian Parliament National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Hossein Naghavi Hosseini.

He also said that Iran will negotiate with some individuals linked to the group through mediators to secure their release.

The Iranian lawmaker said Pakistan has vowed to pursue the issue, adding, “Iranian security, disciplinary and military system are seriously following the issue to find a way for release of the Iranian border guards.”

The Jaish-ul-Adl terrorist group has claimed responsibility for the abduction of five Iranian border guards in Iran’s southeastern province of Sistan and Baluchestan.

No armed conflict is reported to have occurred between the Iranian border guards and the assailants.

Earlier reports suggest that the five Iranian abductees have been transferred to Pakistan.

On October 25, 2013, the Jaish-ul-Adl group killed 14 Iranian border guards and wounded three others in the border region near the city of Saravan in Sistan and Baluchestan Province.

In a letter to the president of the UN Security Council on October 28, 2013, Iranian Ambassador to the UN Mohammad Khazaei said evidence indicates that the Jaish-ul-Adl terrorist group carried out the terrorist attack by infiltrating Iran’s eastern borders from Pakistan.

Iran President Hassan Rouhani called for an investigation into the incident, tasking the Foreign Ministry with taking the necessary measures to implement a border security agreement with Pakistan.

In February, Iran and Pakistan signed a security agreement, under which both countries are required to cooperate in preventing and combating organized crime, fighting terrorism and countering activities that pose a threat to the national security of either country.



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