Iraq’s prime minister survives assassination attempt with armed drones
Iraq’s Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi appealed for “calm and restraint” following a failed assassination attempt at his residence in Baghdad's heavily-fortified Green Zone.
A statement released by the Security Media Cell, affiliated with the Iraqi prime minister’s office, said Kadhimi survived an attack by a booby-trapped drone early Sunday.
The statement said the drone attack targeted his residence in the Green Zone of Baghdad, but the Iraqi prime minister was “unharmed” and is “in good health.”
Security sources said six members of Kadhimi's personal protection force stationed outside his residence had been injured.
Western diplomats based in the Green Zone, which houses government buildings and foreign embassies, said they heard explosions and gunfire in the area.
“I'm doing fine, praise be to God, and I call for calm and restraint on the part of everyone for the good of Iraq,” the Iraqi prime minister wrote on Twitter after the incident.