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Iraqi PM Mustafa Al-Kadhimi condemns ‘missiles of treachery’ after assassination attempt

Mustafa Al-Kadhimi’s residence in Baghdad was reportedly the target by an explosive drone on Saturday according to news outlet Al-Hadath. Early reports suggest the device caused 10 injuries within the ranks of the Prime Minister’s protection fleet.

The Counter-Terrorism Service is deploying its members to a large extent inside the Green Zone in Baghdad reports media outlet Asharq.

Quoting the Security Media Cell, Sky News Arabia reported: “The Iraqi Prime Minister is in good health, and the attack resulted in some material losses.”

In a statement on twitter, Mr Al-Kadhimi said: “I was and still am a redemption project for Iraq and the people of Iraq.

“The missiles of treachery will not discourage the believers, and a hair will not be shaken in the steadfastness and insistence of our heroic security forces to preserve the security of the people, achieve the right and set the law in place.

“I am fine, praise be to God, among my people, and I call for calm and restraint from everyone, for the sake of Iraq.”

Two government officials said Kadhimi’s residence had been hit by at least one explosion and confirmed to Reuters that the prime minister was safe.

Officials said the drone tried to hit al-Kadhimi’s home in Baghdad’s heavily fortified Green Zone, which houses foreign embassies and government offices.

Residents of Baghdad heard an explosion followed by gunfire in the area.

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There was an exchange of fire in which one protester was killed and dozens of security forces were injured.

Prime Minister Al-Khadimi ordered an investigation to determine what sparked the clashes and who violated orders not to open fire.

Mr Al-Khadimi also released a video on Twitter to reassure those who worried about his health. 

He notably said: “Cowardly missiles and drones do not build nations.”

Spokesperson Ned Price from the US Department of State also released a statement and confirmed the American “commitment” to its Iraqi partners is “unshakeable.”