Iranian Border Guards Released without Preconditions, Official Says
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Governor-General of Iran’s southeastern province of Sistan and Balouchestan Ali Owsat Hashemi stressed that the country’s four kidnapped border guards have been released without any preconditions.
On Sunday, four of the five Iranian border guards, who were abducted by the so-called Jaish-ul-Adl terrorist group, were released and returned home after being held hostage for two months.
On February 6, the Jaish-ul-Adl terrorist group kidnapped the five Iranian border guards in Jakigour region in Iran’s southeastern province of Sistan and Balouchestan and took them to Pakistan. Ever since, Iran has been making special diplomatic efforts to release the soldiers.
Speaking to reporters on Monday, Hashemi made it clear that the Iranian soldiers were set free without any preconditions.
He also emphasized that there are still doubts about the fate of Jamshid Danaeifar, the fifth soldier who has not returned home yet.
On March 23, the Jaish-ul-Adl terrorist group had announced in a Twitter message that it had killed Danaeifar.
According to Hashemi, the four released border guards said that Danaeifar had been separated from them for nearly a month.
Meanwhile, Iran's Foreign Ministry announced in a Sunday statement that it will keep up efforts to shed light on the fate of the fifth soldier still unaccounted for.
The statement added that the Foreign Ministry will pursue the issue by making contacts with the Pakistani government to clarify the fate of Danaeifar.