Pakistan hands over 4 abducted border guards to Iran

Islamabad, March 21, IRNA - Pakistan has handed over four other Iranian border guards who were kidnapped by terrorists to Iranian authorities, a military statement said.

According to a statement of Pakistan army’s media wing Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), the forces conducted successful operation at Amori in district Chaghai, Balochistan about 3-4 kilometers from Pak-Afghan border and recovered the abducted Iranian soldiers from captivity of terrorists.

“Terrorists of proscribed organization were reported to have entered Pakistan from Afghanistan side along with abducted Iranian soldiers,” it said.

The statement added that after exchange of fire four Iranian soldiers recovered from a transitioning hideout. “Iranian soldiers being handed over to Iranian authorities,” it said.

Jaish al-Adl, a terrorist group operating in the region, had claimed responsibility for the kidnapping.

Meanwhile Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qasemi has also confirmed release of the four border guards. He expressed hope for prompt release of the remaining border guards.

Fourteen Iranian Basij (volunteer forces) and border guard forces were abducted by terrorists in Mirjaveh border point with Pakistan in Sistan-Baluchestan Province on October 15 last year.

However, five of the guards were then freed on November 15.

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