Iran 'questions' detained US hikers

State TV reports three people who crossed border illegally are being interrogated.

    The US citizens were thought to have been hiking along the Iraqi-Iran when they were detained

    The three Americans were believed to have been hiking along the mountainous border area between the Iraqi and Iranian Kurdish areas when they crossed the frontier and were detained.

    "Anyone who seeks to illegally enter the country from the Kurdistan border will be arrested," Hassanzadeh was reported by Iran's Fars news agency as saying.

    Hikers detained

    The area where the three Americans - identified as Shane Bauer, Sarah Shourd and Joshua Fattal - disappeared is a popular hiking destination.

    US media said Bauer, a journalist, Shourd, an English teacher, and Fattal, a keen traveller, had gone to the Middle East late last year, although it was unclear if they had travelled together.

    On this trip, a fourth American travelling with them had decided to stay behind in a hotel in the Iraqi Kurdish region's second largest city of Sulaimaniyah.

    Hillary Clinton, the US secretary of state, called on Monday for Iran to ensure the three individual's safe return.

    Switzerland, which in the absence of US-Iranian diplomatic relations represents US interests in Iran, had been asked to help track them down, she said.

    SOURCE: Agencies


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