According to the authorities, Mustafa al-Kadhimi was unharmed when a drone targeted his home inside the guarded Green Zone.
The government claims that an exploding drone aiming at the Iraqi prime minister’s house failed to kill him. The authorities stated that Mustafa al-Kadhimi was uninjured.
The government said the drone tried to attack al-home Kadhimi’s in Baghdad’s strongly protected Green Zone, which contains international embassies and government buildings, in a statement posted early Sunday. Baghdad residents heard an explosion followed by gunshots in the vicinity.
The Associated Press reported that seven of his security guards were hurt in the incident, according to two Iraqi officials. Because they were not authorised to make public statements, they talked on the condition of anonymity.
“I’m fine, and I’m among my people.” “Thank God,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Twitter shortly after the incident. “For the sake of Iraq,” he urged calm and patience.
Around the time of the drone attack, a source close to the Iraqi leader said Al-Kadhimi was returning from overseeing security forces engaged in a stand-off with protesters at the southern gate of the Green Zone, Baghdad’s heavily fortified area where the Prime Minister’s residence and other government and diplomatic buildings are located.
A booby-trapped drone struck his residence as he was about to enter it, hurting a number of his residence guards and causing minor damage, according to the source.
The US State Department issued a statement on Sunday condemning the “apparent act of terrorism.” “We have offered our cooperation to the Iraqi security forces responsible with protecting Iraq’s sovereignty and independence as they investigate this attack,” stated spokesperson Ned Price.
Moqtada al-Sadr, a powerful Shia Muslim cleric and the leader of the powerful Sadrist Movement, described the incident as a “terrorist act” that “returns [Iraq] to a state of chaos to be controlled by non-governmental forces, so that Iraq lives in the midst of riots, violence, and terrorism, so that dangers and interventions from the outside swept it from here and there.”
“Our courageous army and heroic security forces must take matters into their own hands till Iraq recovers and returns strong,” he declared as a result of the attempt.
The President of the Kurdish Regional Government (KRG), a semi-autonomous region in northern Iraq, also issued a statement condemning the failed assassination attempt, calling it a “terrorist act” that represents a “dangerous development” that threatens the country’s security and stability and portends dire consequences.
In a statement issued early Sunday, KRG President Nechirvan Barani said, “I ask everyone to exercise restraint and calm down.”
Al-Sadr and his alliance won more than 70 seats in Iraq’s parliamentary elections two weeks ago, a major increase from the 54 seats they won in the previous elections in 2018.
Although no one has claimed credit for the attempted assassination, it comes at a time when emotions in the capital are at an all-time high.
According to CNN, supporters of Iran-backed militias battled with Iraqi security forces near the Green Zone on Friday, killing one person and injuring scores more.
After losing parliament seats in Iraq’s elections last month, parties representing Iran-backed militias called for protests, angering militia leaders and provoking many protests and sit-ins in recent weeks.
In a statement sent by spokesman Abu Ali al-Askari, Kata’ib Hezbollah, one of Iraq’s most powerful Iranian-backed Shia paramilitary groups, denied any involvement in the assassination attempt on the prime minister on Sunday, while also criticising the government’s response.
Al-Askari believes Al-Kadhimi is “playing the victim,” and that there are “less expensive” and “more certain” ways to destroy the prime minister if that is the goal.
“Isn’t it interesting that he preaches moderation and calm, yet no one seems concerned? Who is the one who has lost control?” On Sunday, al-Askari issued a statement.
“May God curse you and those who aid you,” al-Askari added, in a no-holds-barred jab at the Prime Minister.
Meanwhile, Ali Shamkhani, the Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council, condemned the attempted assassination, saying in a tweet on Sunday that the incident must be “traced back to foreign think tanks (or agencies)” who have “brought nothing but insecurity, discord, and instability to the oppressed Iraqi people through the creation and support of terrorist groups and occupation of this country for years.”