January 3, 2016 / 2:55 AM / in 3 years

Iran's Guards say Saudi Arabia will face backlash for executing Nimr -Mehr

DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran’s hardline Revolutionary Guards said Saudi Arabia’s ruling Al Saud family would face a backlash for executing a prominent Shi’ite cleric on Saturday.

“A harsh revenge will strike the Al Saud in the near future and cause the fall of this pro-terrorist, anti-Islamic regime,” the Guards said in a statement carried by the Mehr news agency.

The Sunni kingdom executed Nimr al-Nimr and three other Shi’ites along with dozens of al Qaeda members, stirring sectarian anger across the region.

Reporting by Sam Wilkin; Editing by Kevin Liffey

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