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Diplomat freed in Iranian rescue mission

Iran's intelligence agents mounted a tricky cross-border mission and freed an Iranian diplomat kidnapped in 2008 by gunmen in north-west Pakistan, state television reported yesterday.

The agents rescued Heshmatollah Attarzadeh of Iran's Peshawar consulate “in a complicated intelligence operation” and took him back to Iran.

The Intelligence Minister Heidar Moslehi said Iran had asked Pakistan to free the diplomat, but when it did not, Tehran handled the problem itself.

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