Tags: iran | arrests | americans

Iran Official: No Clue If We've Detained Americans

Wednesday, 05 Aug 2009 07:59 AM

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink

TEHRAN -- An Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman said on Wednesday he could not confirm whether three Americans had been detained by Iran.

"There have been contradictory and vague reports on their arrest in Iran. I cannot confirm or deny the arrests until further investigation," Hassan Qashqavi told state radio.

On Tuesday, a local security official in Iran's western Kurdistan province, Iraj Hassanzadeh, told state-run al-Alam television that three Americans had been detained there.

"They are definitely Americans," he said. "They were detained four days ago. We don't know whether they are tourists or not. We are questioning them."

A senior security official in Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region said on Saturday that three tourists had strayed across northern Iraq's border with Iran near Ahmed Awa and been detained.

The same day a source told al Alam, Iran's Arabic-language television channel, that the three, believed to be two men and a woman, had been arrested after entering Iran.

The party had arrived in the Kurdish city of Sulaimaniya on Wednesday.

There is no clear border demarcation between Iran and Iraq at Ahmed Awa.

© Thomson Reuters 2009 All rights reserved

-

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Retype Email:
Country
Zip Code:
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
You May Also Like

Morici: Jobs Growth Disappoints, Real Unemployment Hangs at 18%

Friday, 01 Aug 2014 09:11 AM

The Labor Department reported the economy added only 209,000 jobs in July. The unemployment rate rose to 6.2 percent, bu . . .

Israel: Truce is Over

Friday, 01 Aug 2014 06:20 AM

Israel declared a Gaza ceasefire over on Friday and killed more than 50 Palestinians in renewed shelling, saying militan . . .

White House: Hamas Attack 'Barbaric' Violation of Gaza Ceasefire

Friday, 01 Aug 2014 08:56 AM

The White House on Friday condemned a reported Hamas attack on Israeli soldiers in Gaza as a violation of the newly reac . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, NewsmaxWorld, NewsmaxHealth, are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved