The assassination attempt on Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Kadimi was carried out by three drones, two of which were shot down.
An Iraqi security source said that they “originated from a place near the Republic Bridge on the Tigris River” and then flew to the Green Zone where Prime Minister Khadmi lives. Two of them were intercepted by security forces, and only one reached the Prime Minister’s residence.
A spokesperson for the commander-in-chief of the Iraqi Armed Forces said that after the attack, the situation in the Green Zone has stabilized. There are many government buildings and foreign embassies.
Iraqi President Barham Saleh called the attack a crime against the country. “We cannot accept Iraq being dragged into chaos and an anti-system coup,” he wrote on Twitter.
The US State Department also condemned the attack and expressed its willingness to assist in the investigation. A spokesperson for the State Department said: “We know that the Prime Minister was not injured, and we are relieved. We strongly condemn this apparent terrorist act, and the target is the heart of the Iraqi nation.” Ned Price said.
Saudi Arabia’s national television channel al-Arabiya reported that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Saudi Arabia described the attack as a “cowardly act of terror”.
The photos released by the INA News Agency show that multiple areas of the Prime Minister’s residence were damaged, and an SUV was parked in the damaged garage.
An unnamed security official said that security forces recovered the wreckage of a small unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) containing explosives for investigation. The official added: “It’s too early to determine who was behind the attack.” “We are reviewing our intelligence report and waiting for the results of the preliminary investigation to find the culprit.”
An attack occurred early this morning at the residence of Prime Minister Khadmi in the Green Zone of Baghdad, Iraq. He was still safe, but the six bodyguards standing guard outside the prime minister’s residence were injured. On Twitter, he urged all parties to “keep calm.”
Before taking over as prime minister in May last year, Khadmi served as the head of the Iraqi National Intelligence Service (INIS).
Wu Huang (follow Reuters, AFP)