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June 24th, 2010
10:53 AM ET

Report: U.S. hikers seized by Iranian police in Iraqi territory

CNN Wire Staff

Were hikers seized in Iraq, not Iran?

Were hikers seized in Iraq, not Iran?

The mothers of U.S. hikers held by Iran said a magazine article that contradicts government claims they crossed the border before their arrests is "concerning" and raises many questions.

The article written for the July 12 edition of The Nation cites two witnesses who said they saw members of Iran's national police force cross the border into northern Iraq to apprehend Shane Bauer, Sarah Shourd and Josh Fattal.

"The witnesses, who followed the Western-looking hikers out of curiosity, say that around 2 p.m. on July 31 (2009), as the hikers descended the mountain, uniformed guards from NAJA, Iran's national police force, waved the hikers toward the Iranian side using 'threatening' and 'menacing' gestures," the article says.

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Filed under: 360° Radar • Iran • Iraq
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  1. Annie Kate

    So the Iranians lured them into crossing the border by threatening them with their gunfire. That will never be admitted to....Iran needs to release these kids and let them come home. It must have been a slow day for the Iranian guards that day and they needed to liven it up at the expense of these hikers. Sick....

    June 24, 2010 at 8:34 pm |