Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi on Friday confirmed an attack reported earlier on the consulate, saying the attackers had set the building ablaze in their brutal raid, causing serious financial damage.
The Foreign Ministry condemned the “brutal” attack on the consulate, warning about overt and covert efforts to undermine the friendly relations between the Iraqi and Iranian nations and governments.
The Iranian consulate’s building was not the first to be set on fire. The angry demonstrators had earlier set government buildings ablaze as well. The buildings included the headquarters of the local government, the ruling Dawa Party, the Supreme Islamic Council and the Badr Organization.
Leader of Iraq’s National Wisdom Movement Seyed Ammar al-Hakim strongly condemned the attacks and voiced concerns over the incidents.
Ayatollah Seyed Kadhim Haeri, an Iraqi Shia source of emulation, also slammed the attacks, saying demonstrators have a right to seek their legitimate demands but attacks on public and private properties have no justification.
The Iraqi Foreign Ministry has also condemned the attack, saying it harms the Arab country’s interests.
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has ordered an investigation into the incidents and the possible negligence of security forces in protecting Iraqi government buildings and the Iranian consulate.