Foreign Ministry: 23-year-old Japanese man kidnapped in Iran

October 10, 2007 18:34


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A 23-year-old Japanese man has been kidnapped by an armed group in southeastern Iran, Japan's Foreign Ministry said Thursday. Japan's Embassy in Tehran was informed of the kidnapping late Monday and the man is believed to still be in captivity, according to a ministry official who spoke on condition of anonymity, citing protocol. The official refused to give further details, citing security concerns. According to Japan's Kyodo News agency, the man called the embassy on Monday saying he was taken captive by an armed group while traveling in southeastern Iran. Japanese Foreign Minister Masahiko Komura has asked his Iranian counterpart, Manouchehr Mottaki, for cooperation over the matter, the official said.

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