Iraqi prime minister unhurt after assassination attempt by drone

World Sunday 07/November/2021 10:43 AM
By: DW
Iraqi prime minister unhurt after assassination attempt by drone
The military has described the rocket attack as a 'failed assassination attempt'

Baghdad: Explosions have hit the home of Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi, several news agencies reported on Sunday, citing Iraqi officials.

The prime minister is "in good health" and was unharmed in the strike, the military and government said, describing the drone attack as an assassination attempt.
"The security forces are taking the necessary measures in connection with this failed attempt," a statement released by state-run media said.

Al-Kadhimi himself later appeared on state television to say he was unhurt and to condemn the attack.
According to a statement from the Iraqi military, the attack was carried out early on Sunday by an armed drone that was carrying explosives.

The drone targeted the prime minister's residence, which is located in the heavily-fortified Green Zone in the capital, Baghdad. Seven security guards were injured in the attack, two Iraqi officials told The Associated Press.

Al-Kadhimi was not harmed in the attack, later taking to Twitter to appeal for calm.
"I'm fine, thank God among my people," the prime minister said, adding: "I call for calm and self-restraint from everyone for Iraq."

The attack comes as supporters of several heavily armed pro-Iranian groups protested the result of Iraq's general election held last month. The demonstrations were staged near the entrance of the Green Zone.

Tensions escalated on Friday when a protester was killed after the demonstrators marched toward the Green Zone. Several members of the security forces were injured in an exchange of fire.