Japanese man kidnapped in Iran -foreign ministry

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TOKYO, Oct 11 (Reuters) A Japanese man in his 20s has been kidnapped while travelling in Iran, a Foreign Ministry official in Tokyo said today.

Domestic media said the man was a 23-year-old university student and that he had called the Japanese embassy in Iran on Monday to say he had been captured by an armed group while travelling in southeastern Iran.

Foreign Minister Masahiko Komura has asked his counterpart, Manouchehr Mottaki, for cooperation in dealing with the incident, the ministry official said. He declined to give further details.

Southeastern Iran is notorious for clashes between the military and well-armed drug smugglers. Other tourists, including a couple from Belgium, have been abducted there recently. Some have been held for weeks as kidnappers tried to secure detained relatives' release from jail.

Reuters DKS VP0528

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