A group which kidnapped Iranian diplomat Heshmatollah Attarzadeh in the Pakistani city of Peshawar was supported by the intelligence agencies of U.S. and Israel, Iranian Intelligence Minister Heydar Moslehi said, the official website of Iranian TV "iribnews" reported.
The operation to free Iranian diplomat was very "confusing and difficult." This operation surprised intelligence of the United States and Israel, Moslehi said at today's press conference.
This morning, Iranian media reported that Iranian security forces carry out a widespread operation in connection with the release and return of Iranian diplomat to Iran. In November 2008, Attarzadeh was kidnapped in the city of Peshawar in north-west Pakistan. Diplomat's bodyguards were killed. Attarzadeh served as commercial attache in Peshawar consulate general of Iran. He was kidnapped when he went to work. According to police, the attack was carried out by four gunmen.
The U.S. and Israeli intelligence closely cooperate with some intelligence forces in the region. "They face Iran with all its forces, which violates their plans," Moslehi said.
Moslehi said that details of the operation to free Iranian diplomat will be disclosed to the public later.