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    14 Iranian Border Guards Kidnapped on Pakistani Border - Reports

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    An Iranian official said the servicemen had been captured by terrorists from the Lulakdan border area in the country's southeast.

    Fourteen Iranian border guards were abducted on the border with Pakistan in the early hours of Tuesday, Iran's state-funded Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) reported, citing an unnamed official.

    According to the source, the abductors are members of an identified terrorist group. "These 14 people were kidnapped around 4-5 a.m. in the Lulakdan border area," the official said. They were reportedly abducted at Mirjave, the Iran-Pakistan border checkpoint.

    Seven of them were members of the Basij volunteer paramilitary force, five were regular border guards, and two were members of the Revolutionary Guards.

    Lulakdan is a small village in the southeastern province of Sistan and Baluchistan, a region regularly targeted by separatist militants and drug smuggling gangs.


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