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An Iranian diplomat has been kidnapped from his car by gunmen in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, a foreign ministry official in Tehran has said.
Jalal Sharafi, the embassy's second secretary, was abducted on Sunday from the central Karrada district by men wearing special Iraqi army uniforms.
Iran condemned the kidnapping and held the US responsible for the diplomat's life, Iranian state media said.
A US military spokesman said no US or Iraqi troops were involved.
BAGHDAD, Iraq — Militants in Iraq said Sunday they took a top Iranian diplomat hostage, according to a video shown on the Arab-language Al-Arabiya television station.
The kidnappers, calling themselves the "Islamic Army in Iraq (search)," accused Jihani of provoking sectarian war in Iraq and warned Iran not to interfere in Iraq's affairs, according to Al-Arabiya.