Iran’s interior minister confirmed Sunday that the country’s border guards, who were kidnapped by a Pakistani-based terrorist group, have been released today and returned home after being held hostage for two months.
According to Tasnim news agency, Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli said in a statement today the abducted Iranian soldiers are released and have returned to the country and their families.
On February 6, the so-called Jaish-ul-Adl terrorist group kidnapped the five Iranian border guards in Jakigour region in Iran’s southeastern province of Sistan and Balouchestan and took them to Pakistan.
Ever since, Iran has made special diplomatic efforts to release the soldiers.
Elsewhere in the statement, Rahmani Fazli affirmed that the release of the kidnapped guards was the result of coordinated and joint efforts by Iran’s security, law enforcement and diplomatic organizations, particularly with the assistance of the Islamic Republic’s border police and the governor-general office of Sistan and Balouchestan province.
He stressed that Tehran has had a multitude of options to set the kidnapped soldiers free and take firm action against the notorious terrorists, but refrained from “employing the conventional methods” to clamp down on the culprits because of the Islamic Republic’s “religious beliefs”.
The minister underlined that Pakistan has been unfortunately playing the role of a safe haven for the infamous terrorist group, but made it clear that Iran complied with the principles of good neighborliness and showed restraint on neighboring Pakistan.
In the meantime, Iran’s Intelligence Ministry released a separate statement today, and confirmed the return of 4 out of 5 kidnapped border guards to the country.