Five abducted Iranian border guards freed: IRGC chief

TEHRAN, Nov. 15 (MNA) – Top IRGC commander announced on Thursday that five of the 12 Iranian guards abducted by terrorists at a border post in the city of Mirjaveh, southeast Iran, have been released.

Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) Commander Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari broke the news in a press conference on Thursday, asserting that “Iran is making every effort to free the rest of the abductees.”

The IRGC chief noted that the terrorists are trying to push Iran to release some of their perpetrators; however, he stressed, the Islamic Republic should not comply with such demand.

12 Iranian border guards, including local Basij volunteer forces, were abducted on Oct. 16 by the so-called Jaish ul-Adl terror group, which is based in Pakistan. Following the incident, top military and diplomatic officalis including, IRGC Ground Force Brigadier General Mohammad Pakpour and FM Zarif made several visits to Pakistan to discuss the issue with Pakistani officials. According to reports, Iranian border guards are in full health.

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