- The Washington Times - Thursday, July 24, 2014

A Washington Post reporter and his wife, along with two other Americans, have been detained in Iran for unknown reasons, the newspaper announced Thursday afternoon.

Correspondent Jason Rezaian and his wife, Yeganeh Salehi, were detained Tuesday evening in Tehran. It is unclear who detained them or why.

“We are deeply troubled by this news and are concerned for the welfare of Jason, Yeganeh and two others said to have been detained with them,” The Post’s foreign editor, Douglas Jehl, said in a statement.

Mr. Rezaian, 38, holds American and Iranian citizenship. Mrs. Salehi is an Iranian citizen who has applied for U.S. permanent residency.

The other two American citizens detained with them are freelance photojournalists who have not yet been identified, The Post said.

State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said the administration is aware of reports of the detention.

“Our highest priority is the safety and welfare of U.S. citizens abroad,” she said. She said she had no additional information, The Post reported.

• Jessica Chasmar can be reached at jchasmar@washingtontimes.com.

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