Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi has been injured in an attack on his home in the capital, Baghdad. Officials said his residence in the capital’s Green Zone had been targeted by a drone loaded with explosives, in an alleged assassination attempt.
Earlier media reports said Mr al-Kadhimi had been taken to hospital while out of danger. In a Twitter post, he called for “calm and restraint from all, for the sake of Iraq.”
Officials said at least six people from the prime minister’s security detail were injured. No one has claimed responsibility for the attack, in an area of the city where there are many government buildings and foreign embassies. The US has condemned the incident and offered its assistance with the investigation. “This apparent act of terrorism, which we strongly condemn, was directed at the heart of the Iraqi state,” State Department spokeswoman Ned Price said in a statement.
Mr al-Kadhimi, a former intelligence chief, was sworn in in May last year. In recent weeks, supporters of Iran-linked political groups have staged demonstrations near the Green Zone. They protested against the results of last month’s general election, which they said had voting irregularities. More than 100 people were injured during violent clashes with security forces this week.
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