UK embassy hostages freed in Iran

2011-11-29 18:16

Tehran - Iranian police on Tuesday secured the release of six employees of the British embassy compound in northern Tehran who had been taken hostage by hard-line students earlier in the day, the semi-official Fars news agency reported.

"Police freed the six people working for the British embassy in Qolhak garden," Fars said.

Britain said it was urging its citizens in Iran to "stay indoors" and "keep a low profile" after the storming of Britain's embassy and another diplomatic compound in Tehran.

Senior Foreign Office officials have spoken to the Iranian charge d'affaires in London "to urge the Iranian authorities to act with utmost urgency to ensure the situation is brought under control", a spokesperson said.

The ministry updated its travel advice on its website to read: "During a demonstration on November 29 the British embassy in Tehran was attacked, entered and set on fire.

"We advise all British nationals in Iran to stay inside and keep a low profile. Further advice will follow."

  • Dirk - 2011-11-29 18:59

    Hard line students? They are no more hard line than their barbaric terrorist government. There is absolutely no doubt that they gave the "go ahead" That is how thins work in those oppressive regimes. Ahmadinejad, himself, was a hostage taker in 1979

      Poloyatonki - 2011-11-29 19:28

      The world is a mess because of UK & USA.

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