Protesters carry posters of Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr (archive)
Protesters carry posters of Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr (archive) Reuters

Iran has found the guilty parties in Saudi Arabia’s execution of prominent Shiite cleric Nimr al-Nimr: The United States, Israel and Britain.

This bizarre comment was made on Sunday by Brigadier General Mohammad Reza Naqdi, commander of the Basij militia of Iran's Revolutionary Guards.

Naqdi declared that Sunni and Shiite Muslims alike will avenge Nimr’s blood and in particular take revenge against the main factors responsible for his death: the UK, the U.S. and the Zionist entity.

Speaking at a conference in Iran, Naqdi blasted the Saudi regime and said that it has done nothing besides kill Muslims and carry out massacres.

He also attacked human rights organizations which publish messages on behalf of killers, terrorists, and drug smugglers, but in this case they remain silent.

The execution of Nimr along with 46 other people, which also included dozens of Al-Qaeda members, stirred sectarian anger over the weekend, including a march by hundreds of Shiite Muslims in Saudi Arabia's eastern province.

As well, angry Iranian protesters stormed Saudi Arabia's embassy in Tehran in the early hours of Sunday, smashing furniture and starting fires before being removed by police.

On Sunday, Saudi Arabia retaliated for the attack on its embassy by cutting diplomatic ties with Iran and requesting that all members of Iran’s diplomatic mission leave Saudi Arabia within 48 hours.

Earlier on Sunday, Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei blasted Saudi Arabia over the execution, saying, “The hand of God will take vengeance against Saudi leaders.”