Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi said he escaped an assassination attempt unharmed after a drone laden with explosives attacked his residence in Baghdad’s high-security Green Zone on Nov. 7.
According to security forces, three drones were launched from near the Republic Bridge on the River Tigris, two of which were shut down.
Al-Kadhimi survived unhurt while at least six of his security personnel were injured.
“I am fine, praise be to God, among my people. I call for calm and restraint from everyone, for the sake of Iraq,” Al-Kadhimi said on Twitter.
In a televised video message, Al-Kadhimi called the attack “a cowardly aggression.”
The Ministerial Council for National Security said in a statement after a meeting with Al-Kadhimi that security forces are working to uncover the parties involved in what they called a “terrorist” act to arrest them and “bring them to a fair trial.”
“Those who think that they are beyond the reach of our security forces are delusional; there is no one above the law, and no one is greater than Iraq,” the statement said.
No one has claimed responsibility for the attack so far, but it came after violent unrest in Baghdad over recent election results that left one dead and 127 injured.
Security forces clashed with protesters who claimed election fraud and demanded manual vote recounts.
Pro-Iranian militias who suffered major losses in Parliament threatened to hold Al-Kadhimi responsible for the casualties from the unrest.
Kata’ib Hezbollah, an Iranian-backed Shiite paramilitary group in Iraq, denied any involvement in the attack, however spokesperson Abu Ali al-Askari said that Al-Kadhimi was “playing the victim,” CNN reported.
The attack was the first serious assassination attempt of an Iraqi prime minister since the United States invaded the Middle Eastern country in 2003.
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