Free Syrian Army kidnapped Iranian pilgrims near Damascus, report says
Iranian semi-official Fars news agency quotes Syrian official as identifying the assailants in the reported attack on a bus near Damascus as being members of the main opposition faction.
By Jack Khoury and DPA | Aug.04, 2012 | 7:08 PM
The Forty-eight Iranians who were reportedly kidnapped in Syria earlier Saturday were taken by the Free Syrian Army, the Iranian Fars news agency said later in the day. Earlier, Iranian state news agency IRNA quoted an unnamed official in Iran's embassy in Damascus as saying that the pilgrims were seized by "armed groups" on the Damascus airport road as they returned from a religious shrine. The embassy knows the whereabouts of the pilgrims and is pursuing "relevant channels" to free them, IRNA quoted the official as saying. Syria's state television channel reported that "armed terrorist groups" had kidnapped the pilgrims who were on a bus in the Damascus suburbs and said the relevant parties were dealing with the situation.
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