Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al Kazimi was unharmed in an “assassination attempt” late Saturday with an explosive drone targeting his residence in Baghdad’s Green Zone, his office said.
“An explosive drone attempted to attack the residence” of Kazimi that “was not injured” in this “failed assassination attempt,” his office said in a statement.
The attack, which occurred at a time of tensions with the country’s pro-Iranian groups after the legislative elections on October 10, was not immediately claimed and it is unknown for now whether it caused any victims or the extent of the material damage.
“I’m fine, thank God, and I call for calm and restraint on the part of all for the good of Iraq,” Kazimi wrote on Twitter.
Shortly before, two security sources had informed AFP that “a rocket” hit Mustafa al Kazimi’s residence in the Green Zone, an ultra-protected perimeter located in the center of the capital that houses the US embassy and other government buildings.
After the event, the security forces were deployed in and around that protected perimeter, a security source said.
Rocket attacks on the Green Zone are recurrent. Last Sunday, three rockets exploded in Mansour, an adjoining neighborhood, causing no injuries.
The attack on Kazimi, in power since May 2020, comes at a time of tension in Iraq following the legislative elections on October 10.
The influential Hashd al Shaabi coalition is vehemently discussing the results of this vote, in which its political wing, the Conquest Alliance, lost numerous seats in Parliament, according to preliminary results.
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