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Smugglers Seek $6M for 3 Tourists in Iran

Drug smugglers have demanded $6 million in ransom for three tourists they kidnapped in southeastern Iran, officials said Tuesday. The tourists — two Germans and one Irish — were abducted a day earlier while cycling from the historical city of Bam to Zahedan, the provincial capital, in a region known as a major drug-smuggling route. The kidnappers were drug smugglers whose rackets had been hit hard by the security forces during the past year, the director general for security affairs in Sistan-Baluchistan province, Gholam Reza Javdan, told The Associated Press. He said an anonymous caller claimed responsibility for the kidnapping and demanded $6 million to release the hostages. Security forces have launched an extensive operation to catch the kidnappers and free the hostages, Javdan said. Full Story

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