Fencing Champ Abducted in Southeastern Iran

Hamed Sedaqati

Iran fencing champion Hamed Sedaqati and one of his friends were abducted by outlaws in the Southeastern Sistan-and-Balouchestan province.



“The two have been abducted on Khaash-Iranshahr road,” a provincial official said.

Khaash Governor Mohammad Akbar Chakerzehi confirmed the report on the abduction, but said the identity of the abductors and those who have been kidnapped is not clear yet.

“Investigations are already underway into the incident,” he added.

The Iranian Fencing Federation President, Fazlollah Baqerzadeh, confirmed the report on the abduction of Sedaqati, saying that his federation is pursuing the case through law-enforcement officials.

Sedaqati and two of his friends were driving on the road to the provincial capital city of Zahedan when they came under attack by unknown assailants.

Other reports named the second abductee as Mehdi Hosseini, a lawyer.

“The third person has been killed by the outlaws,” officials added. Media reports named the third man as Mohammad Ali Qaffari, who has been killed by a shot in the head.

Hamed Sedaqati won the 3rd place in Asian championship in 2006.

Sedaqati’s sister confirmed his abduction, but said the unknown assailants have not taken his watch, laptop computer, mobile phone and other previous objects in the car.


Fars News Agency
Emad Askarieh has worked as a journalist since 2002. The main focus of his work is foreign policy and world diplomacy. He started his career at Iran Front Page Media Group, and is currently serving as the World Editor and the Vice-President for Executive Affairs at the Iran Front Page (IFP) news website.


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