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Iran arrests 40 over raiding, torching Saudi embassy in Tehran

(Xinhua) Updated: 2016-01-03 21:00

TEHRAN - Tehran's Prosecutor General, Abbas Jafari Dolatabadi, said on Sunday that the police have arrested 40 protestors who raided the Saudi embassy in Tehran on Saturday night, Iran's Labor News Agency reported.

The judiciary has issued order to identify and arrest others who raided the embassy, Jafari Dolatabadi was quoted as saying.

Iranian protesters against the execution of a Shiite leader by Saudi Arabia raided and set fire to the Saudi Embassy in Tehran late Saturday.

The move came hours after the Saudi Interior Ministry announced that prominent Shiite leader Nimr al-Nimr and 46 other men were executed on terror charges.

In an announcement on Saturday, Iran's Foreign Ministry urged the police to protect the diplomatic compounds of Saudi Arabia in the country.

Earlier in the day, Iran's Foreign Ministry summoned Saudi Arabian charge d'affaires to Tehran and strongly condemned the execution of Nimr al-Nimr.

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