U.S. Hikers Spend First Day of Freedom with Family

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

MUSCAT, Oman (AP) -- Josh Fattal and Shane Bauer arrived Wednesday in Oman under a $1 million bail deal and were embraced by relatives.

Also on hand was Sarah Shourd, who was freed by Iran last year.

The three were detained in July 2009 along the Iran-Iraq border.

They claim they were only hiking in Iraq's relatively peaceful Kurdish region.

Last month, Fattal and Bauer were sentenced to eight years in prison.

American and Omani officials did not disclose details on Thursday about their plans.

Shourd stayed for days in Oman after her release last year.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
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