Iran diplomat abducted in Pakistan

Iran Materials 13 November 2008 10:37 (UTC +04:00)

An Iranian diplomat has been kidnapped by armed men in the northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar, police have said.

His guard was killed in the attack on Thursday morning, reported Aljazeera.

The diplomat was heading from his home to his office with his guard when his car was ambushed in Hayatabad, a neighbourhood near the Khyber tribal region bordering Afghanistan.

Noor Zar, a police official, told Reuters news agency: "I confirm that the commercial attache of the Iranian consulate is abducted and his guard has been shot dead."

The abduction came a day after an American aid worker was shot dead outside his home in the city.

Peshawar is the last city on the road to the Khyber Pass, the main land route to Afghanistan.

Mohammed Manzoor, another police official, said that the authorities had cordoned off the city's main roads.

Police are trying to trace the kidnapped Iranian.