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NZ peacekeeper abducted in Golan Heights

Wednesday 15 May 2013 8:27 p.m.

The peacekeeper was abducted from an observation post on the Golan Heights (Reuters)

The peacekeeper was abducted from an observation post on the Golan Heights (Reuters)

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A New Zealand Defence Force peacekeeper has been released after a five-hour abduction in a contentious Israeli border area.

The army officer, one of eight New Zealanders serving as a United Nations military observer, was abducted from an observation post on the Golan Heights, on the border between Israel and Syria.

The Defence Force says the officer was abducted about 1am Israeli time on Wednesday (11am NZ time).

The officer was held for five hours before being released unharmed and was back at their post.

The Defence Force was trying to contact the officer's next of kin and said it would not comment further.

The Golan Heights was captured by Israel in the 1967 Six-Day War and is still administered by Israel.

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