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Iran state TV says US woman has been freed from more than a year in prison

May 20: Detained U.S. hikers (L-R) Shane Bauer, Sarah Shourd and Josh Fattal during a meeting with their mothers in Tehran.

May 20: Detained U.S. hikers (L-R) Shane Bauer, Sarah Shourd and Josh Fattal during a meeting with their mothers in Tehran.  (AFP)

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's English language state television has reported that American Sarah Shourd has been released after more than a year in prison.

"Iran has released US national Sarah Shourd," flashed the red colored urgent banner on Press TV Tuesday.

Shourd, 32, together with two other Americans were apprehended by Iranian security forces near the border with northern Iraq on July 2009. They have been accused of spying.<</p>