The growing anger across many countries over the killing of Shia cleric Nimr al-Nimr by Sunni ruling Saudi royals has scored its first major violence in Tehran, Iran. Angry mob petrol-bombed the Saudi embassy in the country late Saturday night. Before his arrest, a vocal al-Nimr had led anti-government protest in Qatif, eastern region of Saudi Arabia in 2011. He was arrested, tried and sentenced to death.
His death sparked unfriendly reactions in Iran, Bahrain and London, among other places. The Iranian Revolutionary Guard promised ‘harsh revenge’ against the Saudis and former Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki warned that the executions would ‘topple the Saudi regime’. The US and European officials criticized Saudi Arabia for the executions, while UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said he was ‘deeply dismayed’.
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