Iranian Official Indicates That One Detained American Hiker Will Be Released

Iran will soon free Sarah Shourd, one of three US hikers the Islamic republic detained more than a year ago, an Iranian diplomat announced on Thursday.

"I would like to confirm that Iran will be releasing Sarah Shourd very soon," Bak Sahraei, the second counsellor to the Iranian mission, said in a statement sent to AFP.

Previously, Iran's Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance said "one of the Americans" would be freed at 9:00 am (0430 GMT) on Saturday at Hotel Esteghlal in Tehran, without identifying the detainee.

Sarah Shourd, one of the three American hikers who have been detained in Iran for more than a year, will be released "very soon," an Iranian official told ABC News today.

Earlier today, an Iranian official texted journalists, alerting them that one of detained hikers would be released Saturday to mark the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.