Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi’s residence is located in Baghdad’s heavily guarded Green Zone.
Baghdad residents heard an explosion and then the sound of gunfire from the direction in which the Green Zone, which houses government offices and foreign embassies, is located.
Security sources initially stated that it was a missile attack, but later the authorities stated that it was an attack carried out by an armed drone. And the authorities explained, in a statement via the official media in Iraq, that the drone was equipped with an explosive device, and that an attempt was made to direct the drone towards the residence of the Prime Minister.
– The drone tried to bomb the Prime Minister’s house. A statement by Al-Kazemi’s office stated that the prime minister was unharmed.
Authorities say no one else was hurt.
– The security forces are now taking the necessary steps regarding this failed attempt, as stated in the statement.
The Prime Minister himself sent a statement asking the people to remain calm after the attack. It was not clear until Sunday night who was behind it.
The attack took place during demonstrations in Iraq to protest against the results of the new National Assembly elections last month, in which groups loyal to Iran suffered major defeats. Since the election result became clear, hundreds of supporters of Iran-friendly Shiite militias have been living in tents they have set up outside the Green Zone.
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