Missing Belgium tourists abducted in Iran

Iran Materials 14 August 2007 16:23 (UTC +04:00)

( AFP ) - Two Belgian tourists missing in southeastern Iran have been abducted by a bandit who is demanding the release from prison of his brother in exchange for freeing them, the Fars news agency said Monday, quoting police.

"Esmaeel Shahbakhsh, a bandit leader in the area, abducted the Belgian couple on Sunday near Fahraj, on the borders of the Kerman and Sistan Baluchestan provinces," Bam police commander Colonel Abbas Ebrahimi said.

"They have been taken to an unknown place. The kidnapper has guaranteed that if his brother is released from prison, he will release the two tourists," he said.