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A war words has broken between Iran and Saudi Arabia the execution a religious figure by Saudi authorities on Saturday. The Shia Muslim cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr was among 47 men the Saudi Arabian government put to death terrorism charges. Saudi leaders said Mr al-Nimr had led anti-government protests in the east the country in 2011-2012. He was previously convicted disobedience and of bearing arms. Al-Nimr maintained he never carried weapons or called violence but had encouraged Shia Muslims to resist police bullets using "the roar the word" instead. Iran's leaders said al-Nimr was killed being a Shia Muslim. Saudi Arabia is a largely Sunni Muslim country.

Protests the execution took place the Iranian capital Tehran on Sunday. Demonstrators stormed the Saudi Arabian embassy and set parts it on fire. Iran's foreign ministry said Saudi Arabia would pay a "heavy price" the execution, including the possible downfall its government. The Saudi government said Iran had no right to create tensions and said the execution was an internal Saudi matter. The foreign ministry said the killing Mr al-Nimr had nothing to do his being a Shia Muslim. It said: "There is no difference what a person does regardless his ethnic origin or affiliation, or what he believes. We deal facts and criminal intent."

 
 

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