Iranian Embassy in Paris damaged; Tehran knocks police work

French police stand guard outside the Iranian Embassy in the French capital, Paris, on Sept. 14. (AFP)
Updated 16 September 2018
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Iranian Embassy in Paris damaged; Tehran knocks police work

  • Protesters tried to attack the embassy on Friday, IRNA news agency reported
  • Ghasemi said some suspects were arrested and Iran has asked the French government to prosecute them

PARIS: The Iranian Embassy was damaged by a crowd that a local police official said Saturday was made up of “individuals,” while Iran’s Foreign Ministry accused them of being extremists and charged that the response by authorities in Paris was slow and weak.

Iran’s Foreign Ministry said protesters tried to attack the embassy Friday, the country’s official IRNA news agency reported. IRNA quoted ministry spokesman Bahram Ghasemi as saying officers did not arrive quickly after the disturbance was reported.

He said the troublemakers were members of an extremist organization that he did not identify, IRNA said.

“It is necessary for the French government to take serious measures to protect Iranian diplomatic missions in that country,” Ghasemi said, according to the news agency.

A Paris police spokeswoman gave a somewhat different version of what transpired. She said “individuals” threw objects and smashed windows at the embassy. She said she did not have information about the motives or identities of the people outside the embassy.

The spokeswoman said the responding officers searched 12 people, but did not take anyone into custody because embassy personnel didn’t want to file a complaint. She declined to give her name, a common police practice in France.

Ghasemi said some suspects were arrested and Iran has asked the French government to prosecute and punish them, IRNA reported. Tehran is doing its own investigation of the commotion and the allegedly tardy arrival of Paris police, the news agency said.

Iran’s powerful Revolutionary Guard last week claimed responsibility for a missile attack targeting an Iraqi base of the Kurdish separatist group Party of Democratic Kurdistan of Iran. The Revolutionary Guard said the attack killed at least 11 people and wounded 50.


Wanted Sri Lanka radical Hashim died in hotel attack

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Wanted Sri Lanka radical Hashim died in hotel attack

  • Hashim appeared in a video released by the Daesh group after they claimed the bombings
  • The president said he was killed during the Shangri-La attack

COLOMBO: An extremist believed to have played a key role in Sri Lanka’s deadly Easter bombings died in an attack on a Colombo hotel, the country’s president confirmed Friday.
“What intelligence agencies have told me is that Zahran was killed during the Shangri-La attack,” President Maithripala Sirisena told reporters, referring to Zahran Hashim, leader of a local extremist group.
Hashim appeared in a video released by the Daesh group after they claimed the bombings, but his whereabouts after the blasts was not immediately clear.
Sirisena did not immediately clarify what Hashim’s role was in the attack on the Shangri-La, one of six bomb blasts that killed over 250 people on Sunday.

Meanwhile, Sirisena also said police are looking for 140 people believed to have links with the Daesh group over the attacks.
Sirisena told reporters some Sri Lankan youths had been involved with the extremist group since 2013, and that top defense and police chiefs had not shared information with him about the impending attacks.
He also blamed Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe’s government for weakening the intelligence system by focusing on the prosecution of military officers over alleged war crimes during a decade-long civil war with Tamil separatists.