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Last Updated: Tuesday, 9 September, 2003, 11:03 GMT 12:03 UK
More shots at UK Iran embassy
More shots at the British embassy in Tehran have been reported
More shots at the British embassy in Tehran have been reported

British Embassy officials have protested to the Iranian Government over a further shooting incident outside their embassy in the Iranian capital of Tehran.

Three or four shots were fired from the street at the building on Tuesday morning, an embassy spokesman said.

No bullet marks have been discovered on the building but the officials believe the embassy had been deliberately targeted.

The spokesman quoted witnesses in the street who said they saw two men on a motorbike firing at the embassy.

Noone was injured in the shooting.

The embassy has been closed since Wednesday when six shots were fired from the nearby street at the main embassy office building, breaking windows and causing further damage.

Investigation calls

Security provided by the Iranian authorities around the embassy compound is supposed to have been improved.

The BBC's correspondent in Tehran, Jim Muir says embassy officials are distressed the added security was not able to prevent the shooting.

They have made an official protest to the Iranian Foreign Ministry.

In a statement, the embassy described the shooting as a failure of the host nation's duty under the Vienna Conventions on diplomatic missions.

It wants to see a proper investigation and those responsible for these attacks being brought to justice.

The shooting incidents come at a time of political tension between the two countries.

The arrest in Britain of a former Iranian diplomat on an extradition request from Argentina has caused deep anger in the capital.

Britain's role in neighbouring Iraq is also controversial.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attacks, which Iranian officials have described as illogical and unacceptable.


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