Iranian Official Sacked Over Storming of Saudi Embassy

Safar-Ali Baratlou was removed from his position because 'he did not fulfill his duty in a timely manner,' according to Iranian media.

Iranian protesters set fire to the Saudi Embassy in Tehran during a demonstration against the execution of a prominent Shi'ite cleric, January 2, 2016.

An Iranian security official was removed from his position following the recent attack on the Saudi embassy in Tehran, Iranian media reported.

Safar-Ali Baratlou, Tehran province's deputy governor general for security affairs, was removed from his position because of his handling of the storming of the Saudi embassy in the capital last Sunday, English-language news service Press TV reported over the weekend.

Iran's Interior Ministry spokesman Hossein-Ali Amiri reportedly said in a television interview that Baratlou "did not fulfill his duty in a timely manner and was sacked upon a decision by Interior Minister [Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli].”

Amiri also condemned the attacks on the embassy and the Saudi consulate in Mashhad, and said that intelligence and security authorities should have prepared strategies to prevent such incidents from taking place, Press TV reported.

The Iranian protesters stormed the Saudi embassy and consulate in response to Saudi Arabia's execution of prominent Shi'ite cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr at the beginning of the month, pushing tensions between the two regional powers to a new peak, with the Saudis responding by pulling their diplomatic staff from the Islamic Republic as a result.

Iranian President Hassan Rohani also spoke out against the attack, calling it "unjustifiable," but the same time condemned Nimr's execution.