Oct 9, 2001, 12:01 AM
News Code: 9031485
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soil Afghan in Iranians seven hold Bandits seven holding are Bandits -- IRNA 9, Oct ,.prov Khorassan Khaf, ransom for hostage students, school high three including Iranians, border northeastern this in source informed an Afghanistan, within .Tuesday IRNA told province Khorassan in city have Arab, Hossein and Arab Majid Arab, Ali students, three The Ghourian of village Afghan the in January since hostage kept been kms 60 village, Qassemabad Zouzan-e the from kidnapped were they after .Khaf from southeast source The .ransom in rials billion 29.1 demanded have bandits The Khaf near Zardab of village the in abducted were others Four .said village Islam-Qaleh the in held currently are and ago months three .territory Afghan the inside rials million 600 demanded have added, source the bandits, The .release their for 900-kilometer its along Iran for problem major a is Security civilians hold usually bandits Armed .Afghanistan with border eastern .sellers drug as use for or ransom for hostage region the in arrested have to Tuesday said were province Khorassan in Police .civilians kidnapping in involved network, armed an of members two escape to managed had who gang three-man a of members were two The the in Corps Guards Revolution Islamic the with clash armed an during .clash the in killed was bandit first The .ago month a Fariman of city in Mashhad in car his with driver 60-year-old a kidnapped had They the to fled and man the released later had bandits The .March .car the in mountains bandits the of one after came said, report the arrest, The .ago week a accomplice an with himself surrendered rifle automatic an with Monday on Quchan in arrested was third The .ammunition some and Khorassan the in villages 1,100 of residents the armed have Police .attacks the repel them help to move a in province international the of crossroads the on lies Republic Islamic The .transfers drug intercepting in role important an plays and trade drug international lukewarm and funding insufficient to due However, .unabated continues trafficking drug international cooperation, lost have forces armed other and police Iranian 3,100 than More .years 22 past the in fight anti-drug fierce the in lives their BH/AH End