Released Hikers Claim "We Were Hostages"
Josh Fattal and Shane Bauer spoke out against their detainment, according to CBS News. "It was clear to us from the very beginning that we were hostages," Fattal said.
The two were arrested with their companion, Sarah Shourd, in 2009 while hiking near the Iran-Iraq border. Shourd was released last year. But the two men told the press today that crossing the international border was not the reason they were detained according to MSNBC. "We were held because of our nationality," said Bauer.
Their release comes as what Iran characterizes as a humanitarian gesture.
The men landed in New York today after being released to Muscat, Oman.
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