|12 arrested for storming Iranian consulate in Afghanistan: police||
TEHRAN – Twelve suspects have been arrested on charges of attacking the Iranian consulate in the western Afghan city of Herat, the Afghan police announced on Monday.
According to the Afghan police chief, Abdolhamid Hamidi, the suspects are arrested on charges of inciting others to violence against the Iranian consulate, the Afghan Pamirpress news agency reported.
According to Mr. Hamidi, the offenders will be brought to justice if proved guilty.
At least one person was killed as clashes broke out on Saturday between the police and protesters who had attacked the Iranian consulate in Herat.
Five people were also injured when the protesters stormed the consulate building.
Police spokesman Abdul Raouf Ahmadi said certain people, who had applied for Iranian visa, held a demonstration outside the consulate in protest at what they called a slow procedure of visa issuance.
On Sunday, Iran summoned the Afghan ambassador to Tehran for explanation on the attack, Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham said.
Afkham condemned the attack as “unacceptable” and called for calm.
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