TEHRAN (Press Shia Agency) – Iraq’s law enforcement officers have arrested over 30 people suspected of torching the Iranian consulate in the southern Iraqi city of Basra, a member of the Sairoon (Marching Towards Reform) bloc said.

Rami Sakini added that the detainees have been taken to an "undisclosed location”, Sky News Arabic reported on Sunday.

On September 7, a mob of angry protestors stormed into the Iranian consulate in Basra, destroyed the diplomatic mission’s properties, took down the flag of Iran and torched the building.

The consulate’s building was not the first to be set on fire. The angry demonstrators had earlier set government buildings ablaze as well. The buildings included the headquarters of the local government, the ruling Dawa Party, the Supreme Islamic Council and the Badr Organization.

In a ceremony on Tuesday, Iran opened a new consulate in Basra.