Homs Syria - AP - 7.12.2011
Syrian soldier near the city of Homs, Dec. 7, 2011. Photo by AP
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Iran asked Syria on Wednesday to act quickly to secure the release of five Iranian technicians who were kidnapped in Syria's Homs.

A statement issued by the Iranian Embassy in Damascus said the Iranian technicians and engineers will continue to work in Syria, official news agency IRNA reported.

According to the report, the embassy has been coordinating with Syrian authorities and organizations to receive information on the status of the kidnapped technicians.

Five Iranian technicians working in Syria were kidnapped by unknown gunmen in the city of Homs, Iran's English-language Press TV reported on Wednesday.

It did not give a source for the information nor say when the kidnapping took place.

"Eight technicians, including five Iranians, have been reportedly kidnapped by unknown gunmen in the restive Syrian city of Homs," Press TV reported.

"The five were kidnapped on Wednesday at 0630 a.m. while heading to their work place ... We demand their immediate release," Syria’s semi-official news agency Mehr said quoting a statement issued by the embassy in Damascus.