One of Belgian Hostages Freed

A02603096.jpgOne of the two kidnapped Belgian tourists who were abducted by bandits on Bam road in southeastern Iran was released by the Iranian law enforcement police yesterday afternoon, an informed source said on Wednesday. The security official who asked to remain anonymous told FNA that the released hostage is a female and is now in the capital city of Zahedan in Iran’s southeastern province of Sistan and Balouchestan.

He said the two Belgian nationals have been kidnapped by Esmayeel Shah-Bakhsh, one of the well-known bandits in the region of Bam. Esmayeel Shah-Bakhsh has already martyred several Iranian police troops, including commander Brigadier General Abdollah Dashti, and has caused many insecurities in the southeastern provinces of Kerman and Sistan and Balouchestan.

The Belgian couple Carla and Estefan were abducted by bandits on Sunday while traveling by a private car in an area called Fahrouj between the city of Bam in Kerman province and the city of Zahedan.

Clara is reportedly in good health conditions, and officials said that efforts would continue to release Estafan.

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