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UK, Iran in embassy row

Tehran, Sept. 9 (Reuters): Britain protested “strongly” to Iran today after a second drive-by shooting around the British embassy in Tehran in under a week, amid already fraught ties over Britain’s arrest of a former Iranian diplomat.

A British diplomat in Tehran said three or four shots were fired at or near the embassy early today and said witnesses saw them coming from two men on a motorcycle. He did not say if the embassy was hit but said there were no injuries.

In a similar incident last Wednesday, gunshots also apparently fired from a passing motorcycle pierced windows in the embassy building that stands near a busy street.

“We’ve protested strongly to the Iranian ministry of foreign affairs that security precautions taken by themafter last week’s shooting did not prevent this incident,” a foreign office spokesperson said in London.

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