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Syrian rebels say hostages are 'Iranian soldiers'

Last modified: 5 Aug 2012 19:10

A brigade of the Syrian rebel army has posted an online video claiming that the 48 Iranians it kidnapped were members of Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards, and has given warning to Iran of further abductions over its support for the Syrian government. 

Forty-eight Iranian pilgrims were kidnapped from a bus in the Syrian capital on Saturday, the Iranian embassy consular chief in Damascus, told Iran's state television. 

In the video released on Sunday, fighters of the al-Baraa Brigade of the Free Syrian Army said that they had "captured 48 of the shabiha [militiamen] of Iran who were on a reconnaissance mission in Damascus".