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Iraq: Newly opened Saudi embassy in Baghdad struck by rocket after Sheikh Nimr's execution00:38

Iraq: Newly opened Saudi embassy in Baghdad struck by rocket after Sheikh Nimr's execution

Iraq, Baghdad
January 3, 2016 at 09:40 GMT -00:00 · Published

Smoke bellowed from the Saudi Arabian embassy in Baghdad, Sunday, after a rocket was reportedly fired at the building following the execution of prominent Shia cleric Ayatollah Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr, along with 46 other prisoners convicted on "terrorism" charges in Saudi Arabia.

Helicopters circulated the embassy building in central Baghdad, which was targeted after the news came of Sheikh Nimr's execution. Unconfirmed reports have linked the Iraqi Shia militia Harakat al-Nujaba to the rocket attack against the Saudi embassy, which reportedly struck just a few metres away from the building.

The incident comes a day after the Saudi government executed 47 people including the prominent Shia cleric Ayatollah Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr for "terrorism" offenses. The Shia cleric, a vocal critic of Saudi Arabia, was one of seven people accused of orchestrating anti-government protests that erupted in Saudi Arabia's Eastern Province in 2011. The executions have been met with protests which have erupted across the region.

The Saudi embassy had reopened its doors on Friday after being closed for 25 years since 1990, following the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait. Its reopening was set to establish collaboration between both countries for the fight against militants.

Iraq: Newly opened Saudi embassy in Baghdad struck by rocket after Sheikh Nimr's execution00:38
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Smoke bellowed from the Saudi Arabian embassy in Baghdad, Sunday, after a rocket was reportedly fired at the building following the execution of prominent Shia cleric Ayatollah Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr, along with 46 other prisoners convicted on "terrorism" charges in Saudi Arabia.

Helicopters circulated the embassy building in central Baghdad, which was targeted after the news came of Sheikh Nimr's execution. Unconfirmed reports have linked the Iraqi Shia militia Harakat al-Nujaba to the rocket attack against the Saudi embassy, which reportedly struck just a few metres away from the building.

The incident comes a day after the Saudi government executed 47 people including the prominent Shia cleric Ayatollah Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr for "terrorism" offenses. The Shia cleric, a vocal critic of Saudi Arabia, was one of seven people accused of orchestrating anti-government protests that erupted in Saudi Arabia's Eastern Province in 2011. The executions have been met with protests which have erupted across the region.

The Saudi embassy had reopened its doors on Friday after being closed for 25 years since 1990, following the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait. Its reopening was set to establish collaboration between both countries for the fight against militants.

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