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Iranian diplomat was kidnapped by U.S. agents: official

TEHRAN, April 24 (Mehr News Agency) -- "Tehran believes that the U.S. kidnapped Jalal Sharafi," an Iranian Foreign Ministry official said in Tehran on Tuesday. The official, who requested anonymity, added that it is also possible that Iraqi and U.S. agents cooperated in the kidnapping of Sharafi, who was the second secretary of the Iranian Embassy in Baghdad.

The Iraq For All news agency reported on Tuesday that Sharafi was kidnapped on the orders of the CIA and through the cooperation of Iraqi intelligence agents.

The report stated that six Iraqi intelligence agents disguised as members of the Iraqi Army traveling in four non-military automobiles kidnapped Sharafi in the Al-Salehiyyah district close to the Iranian Embassy, and afterwards U.S. agents questioned Sharafi in regard to the charge that he had illegally imported weapons into Iraq.

Iranian diplomat Jalal Sharafi was held for over two months after the kidnapping and then released earlier this month.

Sharafi told Iran's state news agency IRNA that he was subjected to torture "day and night".

He said, "I was kidnapped on a Baghdad street while shopping by officials who had Iraqi Defense Ministry ID cards and were riding in U.S. military vehicles."

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