Main Culprit of Attack on Saudi Embassy Extradited, Being Interrogated: Official

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Iran’s Deputy Interior Minister for Security and Disciplinary Affairs Hossein Zolfaqari said on Thursday that the main perpetrator of the recent attack on the Saudi embassy in Tehran has been caught outside Iran, extradited to the country, and is currently being interrogated.


The main perpetrator of the embassy attack was arrested abroad and transferred back to the country, Zolfaqari said in a conference in Tehran.

He added that the individual is now being interrogated inside the country.

The Iranian official also noted that the interior ministry, which was tasked by the president to probe into the attack, has prepared its full report on the incident, and it is ready to be submitted.

All aspects of the attack were investigated without any consideration, and everything is now clear, he added.

In the early hours of January 3, angry demonstrators attacked Saudi Arabia’s embassy in Tehran in protest at Riyadh’s execution of prominent Shiite cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr.

Police arrested those identified as being involved in the attack and President Hassan Rouhani condemned the move afterwards.

However, the Saudi foreign ministry announced it was cutting diplomatic ties with the Islamic Republic following the angry protests.

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