TEHRAN, Sept. 7 (Xinhua) -- Iran's Foreign Ministry on Friday strongly condemned the attack on its consulate in Iraq's southern city of Basra.
The attackers "brutally" set Iran's consulate ablaze, causing serious damage, Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qasemi said in a statement.
However, none of the staff members was hurt, he said, adding that the consulate had taken preemptive measures after it received threats a day earlier.
The Iranian spokesman demanded the Iraqi government take responsibility for protecting Iranian diplomatic missions, and urged it to identify and punish the elements behind the "serious crime."
Protesters torched the Iranian consulate in Basra amid mass local rallies against corruption and lack of basic services.