Senior Officials Sacked Related Attack Iran Embassy of Saudi Arabia

Tehran - Iran's government pulled off a senior security official linked the attack on the Embassy of Saudi Arabia. The officials of failing to prevent attacks by demonstrators angry over the execution of Shi'ite cleric Nimr al-Nimr Baqr.
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As reported by AFP on Tuesday (01/12/2016), Deputy Head of Security for the Governor General of Tehran, Safar Ali Baratlou, removed from office after reviewing the Interior Ministry assault incident that occurred on January 2.

In that incident, the embassy in Tehran and the Saudi consulate in Meshhad attacked by an angry mob on executions cleric Nimr by Saudi authorities. An arson attack in the attack, fortunately there were no casualties. But the aftermath of the attacks, the Saudi government to sever diplomatic relations with Iran.

"After a preliminary investigation, certainly there is a failure (in security procedures)," the Interior Ministry statement said the Iranian news agency (IRNA).

"Because of the importance of this issue, the Interior Ministry can not ignore the smallest iota of failure and the factors that trigger this incident," the statement added.

Severance of diplomatic relations with Iran deepening crisis between Shiite-dominated country with Sunni-dominated Saudi. A number of other Arab countries are also allied Saudi, decide on or reduce relations with Iran.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani itself condemns attack the Saudi embassy and consulate. Rouhani called the attack as unwarranted and encourage Iran judiciary chief, Ayatollah Sadegh Larijani to take firm action against the perpetrators.

Baratlou dismissal was followed by the replacement of the head of a special police unit Tehran, Gen. Hassan Arabsorkhi. But not known for sure whether it is linked to the Saudi embassy assault incident. (NVC / ita)
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