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Iranian Diplomat Freed From Kidnappers in Pakistan

Iranian state television says an Iranian diplomat kidnapped in Pakistan in 2008 has been freed.

The report said Iran's agents freed Heshmatollah Attarzadeh Niyaki from his abductors Tuesday after "a complicated intelligence operation." Iran's chief diplomat in Peshawar Abbas Ali Abdullahi says Attarzadeh is now back in Iran.

Pakistan has had no comment on the Iranian report.

Unidentified gunmen kidnapped the Iranian diplomat in Pakistan's northwestern city of Peshawar after killing his security guard in November 2008. A police officer said at the time gunmen ambushed Attarzadeh while he was driving to the Iranian consulate in the city.

Iran's Foreign Ministry denounced the abduction as a "terrorist act."

Last month, authorities in Iran said they captured the head of a Sunni militant group responsible for deadly attacks in the country. They claim Abdolmalek Rigi, leader of the militant group Jundallah, has been in contact with U.S. intelligence.

Some information for this report provided by AFP and AP.