The Iraqi government reported that Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi survived an assassination attempt with an armed drone and was unharmed.
In a statement issued Sunday night, the government noted that the drone tried to hit the prime minister’s residence in the fortified Green Zone.
Baghdad residents heard an explosion, followed by gunshots in the direction of the Green Zonee, a heavily guarded area of the Iraqi capital where the foreign embassies and Iraqi government offices are located.
The statement from the security forces, released by state-operated media, detailed that the unsuccessful assassination attempt was with “a drone that tried to hit his residence in the Green Zone.” Added that the premier was not injured and is safe and sound.
“The security forces are taking the necessary measures in relation to this failed attempt,” he said.
Supporters of pro-Iranian Shiite militias have been camping outside the Green Zone for about a month after they rejected the results of Iraq’s parliamentary elections in which they were the big losers.