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U.S. official: Detained U.S. hiker leaves Iran


WASHINGTON (AP) -- A U.S. official says freed American Sarah Shourd's flight has taken off from Iran following her release from prison.

The official says that barring last-minute changes, the flight from Tehran is expected to land in Oman, where Shourd's mother is waiting for her.

The families of three Americans detained in Iran say they're relieved one woman has been released, but heartbroken her two friends remain in custody.

In a Tuesday statement, the families applaud Iranian authorities for showing compassion for Sarah Shourd. The also call on the government to immediately release her companions, saying Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal "deserve to come home too."

Sarah Shourd's mother, Nora, says in the statement that she's prayed for her daughter's release for 410 days and can't wait to "wrap Sarah in my arms and hold her close."

Nora Shourd says she will ensure her daughter the space she needs to recover from her ordeal.

Iran freed Shourd on $500,000 bail Tuesday. The three were arrested more than a year ago along Iran's border with Iraq.

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