Security forces recover four abducted Iranian soldiers from Chagai: ISPR

RAWALPINDI: Pakistani security forces have recovered four abducted Iranian soldiers from a "transitioning hideout" during an operation in Balochistan's Chagai district, the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said in a statement on Wednesday.

Pakistani security forces conducted a successful intelligence-based operation (IBO) at Amori in Chagai district, about 3-4 kilometers away from the Pakistan-Afghanistan border, said in a statement.

According to ISPR (Media spokesman of Pakistan Armed Forces), terrorists of a proscribed organization were reported to have entered Pakistan from Afghanistan side along with kidnapped Iranian soldiers.

Thanking to Pakistan, Iranian authority appreciated the efforts of security forces in recovery of the abducted soldiers, adding that Pakistan extended good cooperation.

Thanking the Foreign Minister, Zarif underscored Iran's desire to overcome all hurdles jointly with Pakistan in maintaining complete peace along the Pak-Iran border, the Foreign Office stated.

"After an intense exchange of fire between terrorists and Security forces, 4 Iranian soldier were recovered from a transitioning hideout," it said, adding that the soldiers were handed over to Iranian authorities.

In November 2018, Security forces also safely recovered five of the 12 Iranian border guards who had been abducted by militants a month ago from Lulakdan area near the Pak-Iran border.

In November last year, Pakistani security forces had safely recovered five of the 12 Iranian border guards who were abducted by militants the previous month from Lulakdan area near the Pak-Iran border.

The Iranian security personnel including members of the Revolutionary Guards were kidnapped by militants on October 16 last year from a post in Mirjaveh region close to the border with Pakistan’s Balochistan province.

Later, the Iranian government sought Pakistan’s help in tracing those abducted guards.

The Foreign Office had pledged to offer all possible assistance to locate the missing Iranian security personnel.

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