Source AP ©

Iranian official say one of the two kidnapped Belgian tourists release

One of the two kidnapped Belgian tourists had been released, Iranian authorities said on Wednesday.

The couple, which the Belgian Foreign Ministry identified as Carla Van den Eeckhout, 37 and Stefaan Boeve, 28, went missing outside the historical town of Bam in southeastern Iran, in a region known for the kidnapping of Western tourists.

"The woman, named Carla, was freed from the kidnappers yesterday," Col. Mohammad Javad Asna Ashari, police spokesman in southeastern province of Sistan-Baluchistan, told IRNA. "Efforts for releasing her husband continue."

The Belgian Foreign Ministry, which described the couple as unmarried, originally said Tuesday both had been freed before modifying its position.

"We know for sure that the woman has been released because she has been in touch with the family," said spokesman Francois Dumon.

"We thought both had been set free ... we're trying to verify the various media claims," he added.

Foreign tourists are advised to exercise prudence while visiting southeastern Iran and since the late 1990s a number of Westerners have been kidnapped there.

Comments
Putin in Austria: Europe doesn't like Russia very much, but it is fed up with USA too
Putin in Austria: Europe doesn't like Russia very much, but it is fed up with USA too
Aretha Franklin: A colossus, a woman, a lady, a light and a soul
The Sham called Democracy
The Sham called Democracy
Ukraine dreams of what it can do to Crimea after winning war with Russia
Aretha Franklin: A colossus, a woman, a lady, a light and a soul
Ukraine dreams of what it can do to Crimea after winning war with Russia
The Sham called Democracy
Ukraine dreams of what it can do to Crimea after winning war with Russia
Ukraine dreams of what it can do to Crimea after winning war with Russia
Ukraine dreams of what it can do to Crimea after winning war with Russia
Default more likely to hit American, rather than Russian economy
The Sham called Democracy
The Sham called Democracy
The Sham called Democracy
The Sham called Democracy
The Sham called Democracy
The Sham called Democracy
Putin in Austria: Europe doesn't like Russia very much, but it is fed up with USA too
Russia to counter Boeing's Х37В with top secret MiG-41 project