Iran says 11 Iranian pilgrims kidnapped in Syria

February 1, 2012 17:35


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TEHRAN - Eleven Iranian citizens were kidnapped while on a religious pilgrimage in Syria, state television reported on Wednesday, just days after the abduction of another group of pilgrims by an armed group in the violence-torn country.

"Their bus was on its way... to Damascus when it was attacked by an armed group and 11 out of 35 passengers were abducted," the television quoted Iranian pilgrimage official Massoud Akhavan as saying.

"The kidnapped men were transferred to an unknown location," Akhavan said without giving more details.

Another bus carrying Iranian pilgrims was attacked by gunmen in central Syria on Thursday and 11 passengers were abducted.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast condemned the attack as "unjustifiable" and asked Syrian authorities to secure the release of the abducted citizens.

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