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city and capital of Sistan va Baluchestan province, southeastern Iran, near the borders of Afghanistan and Pakistan. It is situated about 225 miles (360 km) southeast of Kerman in an arid zone, at an elevation of 4,435 feet (1,352 metres). The population comprises Shi'ite Muslim Persians and Sunnite Muslim Baluchs. Zahedan is one of the less economically developed cities in Iran; local industry produces bricks, milled rice, livestock feed, processed foods, mats and baskets, embroidered articles, and ceramics.