Report: Captors take Japanese student abducted in Iran outside country

October 20, 2007 11:10

Members of an armed group have left Iran with a Japanese college student the group allegedly took hostage two weeks ago in the country's southeast, a news report said Saturday. Satoshi Nakamura, 23, is believed to have been abducted on Oct. 8 by a regional drug-smuggling group, which demanded the release of detained members in exchange for Nakamura's freedom. The alleged captors have left Iran with Nakamura by crossing a border, possibly into Pakistan, Kyodo News agency quoted an Iranian government spokesman, Gholam Hossein Elham, as saying. Iran also borders Afghanistan. A Japanese Foreign Ministry official Hiroyuki Kajita said he could confirm that Nakamura was safe, but could not confirm the report that he had been moved out of Iran.

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