An Iranian police spokesman today said the 12 hostages, who were abducted on August 19 on the road between the towns of Chabahar and Iranshahr in Sistan-Baluchistan Province, were freed in a Pakistani police operation.
The province of Sistan-Baluchistan, which borders Afghanistan and Pakistan, has been the site of repeated militant attacks and is a conduit for narcotics moving through Iran from Afghanistan.
Two Belgian tourists were kidnapped in the same region last week. One of the tourists is apparently still being held, while a female hostage has been released.
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