/ 08 November 2021

Iraq’s PM survives assassination attempt

BAGHDAD, IRAQ - OCTOBER 10: : (----EDITORIAL USE ONLY â MANDATORY CREDIT - " IRAQI PRIME MINISTRY PRESS OFFICE / HANDOUT" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS----) I Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi shows his inked finger after casting his vote in the country's early general election in Baghdad, Iraq on October 10, 2021. (Photo by Iraqi Prime Ministry Press Office/Handout/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
BAGHDAD, IRAQ - OCTOBER 10: : (----EDITORIAL USE ONLY â MANDATORY CREDIT - " IRAQI PRIME MINISTRY PRESS OFFICE / HANDOUT" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS----) I Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi shows his inked finger after casting his vote in the country's early general election in Baghdad, Iraq on October 10, 2021. (Photo by Iraqi Prime Ministry Press Office/Handout/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

Mustafa al-Kadhimi is unhurt, but 7 security guards were injured when an explosives-laden drone attacked his home in Baghdad yesterday. He lives in the Green Zone of the capital – a heavily fortified area that includes many government buildings and foreign embassies. No one has claimed responsibility for the attack, but there have been simmering tensions since last month’s parliamentary election. The pro-Iran Conquest (Fatah) Alliance lost about 30 seats – a result its supporters have taken to the streets to reject. On Friday, security forces shot at protestors as they made their way to the Green Zone, killing one man. PM al-Khadimi has ordered an investigation into who violated orders not to open fire. The US has condemned the incident and offered its assistance with investigating who is behind the attempt on al-Khadimi’s life.

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