World

Iran says diplomat missing since Saudi hajj stampede found dead after kidnapping accusations

Iran says a senior diplomat missing since the Saudi hajj stampede in September has been found dead.

Tehran had accused Saudi Arabia of kidnapping Ghazanfar Roknabadi because he previously held sensitive positions for the Iranian government, such as the post of ambassador to Lebanon.

The daily IRAN newspaper reported Thursday that officials identified Roknabadi through fingerprints and a DNA test. Iranian state television said his body was exhumed in Mecca and would arrive in Iran on Saturday.

Iran, which lost 465 pilgrims in the Sept. 24 stampede in Mina, repeatedly has blamed the Saudi government for the disaster, accusing it of mismanagement.

An Associated Press count shows at least 2,389 people died in the crush. The official Saudi toll of 769 people killed has not changed since Sept. 26.