Iraqi authorities have announced curfew in the holy city of Najaf after masked assailants attacked and set fire on the Iranian consulate.
The rioters entered the compound and torched the entire consulate building late Wednesday, police and civil defense sources said.
The staff members at the Iranian consulate had been evacuated under heavy protection just before the building was set on fire, according to the Iraqi police.
A number of security forces sustained injuries during the clashes with the masked assailants.
Shortly after the incident, the Iraqi authorities declared curfew in the city and closed the roads linking the city with neighboring provinces.