Tourists kidnapped in Iran

Three European tourists have been kidnapped in Iran's south-eastern province of Sistan-Baluchistan. The region has a reputation of being one of the most unsafe regions of the country.

    The eastern province is notorious as a corridor for drug-smuggling

    An Iranian government source told Aljazeera.net on Monday that no group has come forward to claim responsibility for the kidnappings, but said that it was possible that the three Westerners had been snatched by drug traffickers.

     

    The source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the tourists were seized this morning. Another government insider, who also declined to be identified, said they were captured on Monday near Nosrat Abad, on the road between the historic city of Bam and Zahedan, near the Pakistani border.

    The holidaymakers have not been named, but the authorities have been confirmed that two of the captives are German and one is Irish.

    Iranian security authorities, police and intelligence have been scouring the region in an effort to find the captives, which the government source described as the "most urgent" matter.  

    The families of the German tourists have been contacted.


    The German embassy in Tehran refused to comment, referring enquiries to the foreign ministry in Berlin.
      
    Sistan-Baluchistan, which neighbours Afghanistan and Pakistan, is notorious as a corridor for drug-smuggling.

     

    It is economically poor and inhabited by tribes of Sunni Muslims, who are a minority in Iran as a whole.
      
    A rash of kidnappings of foreigners took place in the province several years go, and visitors are advised to exercise prudence.

    SOURCE: Aljazeera + Agencies


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Survivor stories from Super Typhoon Haiyan

    Survivor stories from Super Typhoon Haiyan

    The Philippines’ Typhoon Haiyan was the strongest storm ever to make landfall. Five years on, we revisit this story.

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    Russian-Saudi relations could be very different today, if Stalin hadn't killed the Soviet ambassador to Saudi Arabia.

    We Are Still Here: A Story from Native Alaska

    We Are Still Here: A Story from Native Alaska

    From Qatar to Alaska, a personal journey exploring what it means to belong when your culture is endangered.