Update 11:12 a.m. Statement from the families of Shane Bauer, Josh Fattal, and Sarah Shourd below.
Iranian and U.S. officials said that hikers who have been detained in Iran since 2009 were released early this morning. Associated Press reporters saw a convoy of vehicles with Swiss and Omani diplomats leaving Evin prison Wednesday with the freed Americans inside. They headed to Tehran international airport.
The two University of California at Berkeley graduates who have been detained in Iran on espionage charges for more than two years were reportedly released around 4:30 a.m. PST.
The state TV's website said in a statement released by Iran's Judiciary, an appeals court agreed to reduce the detention sentences of Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal, both 29, and release them on $500,000 bail each.