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Published September 21, 2011, 09:19 AM

Pennsylvania town anxiously awaits hiker's release in Iran

ELKINS PARK, Pa. (AP) — A suburban Philadelphia community is anxiously anticipating the planned release of two American hikers detained in Iran for more than two years.

By: PATRICK WALTERS, Associated Press

ELKINS PARK, Pa. (AP) — A suburban Philadelphia community is anxiously anticipating the planned release of two American hikers detained in Iran for more than two years.

A lawyer for the two Americans jailed as spies in Iran says they will be released on Wednesday after the court approved a $1 million bail-for-freedom deal.

One of the men, Josh Fattal, is from the Philadelphia suburb of Elkins Park. The other, Shane Bauer, is from Onamia, Minnesota. A third hiker was released last year.

The three Americans — friends from their days at the University of California at Berkeley — have maintained their innocence.

Their families say they were hiking in northern Iraq's scenic and relatively peaceful Kurdish region when they may have accidentally strayed over the unmarked border with Iran.

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