Freed Japanese tourist arrives in Tehran

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A Japanese tourist who was released by rebels in southeastern Iran after being kidnapped in October arrived in Tehran on Sunday, an AFP correspondent reported.

He arrived at Tehran city airport from the southeastern city of Zahedan at around 3:00 pm (1030 GMT) after his release on Saturday but did not make an appearance before the waiting media.

Satoshi Nakamura was abducted on October 8 in a region of southeast Iran bordering Pakistan and Afghanistan as he headed from his hotel for the ancient mud-built citadel of Bam.

A bandit called Esmail Shahbakhsh, blamed for the kidnapping, had reportedly demanded the release of his arrested son in exchange for Nakamura, according to Iranian officials.

africasia.com