Iraq PM assassination attempt: What we know so far about the incident
- Tensions have flared up in Iraq following the violent attack
- Seven security guards of the Iraqi PM were wounded in the attack
- Condemnation from world leaders poured in hours after the incident
Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi survived an assassination attempt on Sunday and the ripple effect of the incident has been seen across the globe. Nationally, tensions have reportedly flared up.
Here is what we know so far about the failed assassination attempt:
-Helicopters circled in the Baghdad skies throughout the day, while troops and patrols deployed around Baghdad and near the capital’s fortified Green Zone, where the overnight attack occurred.
-The incident has also bubbled up tensions linked to last month’s parliamentary elections, in which the Iran-backed militias suffered a loss.
-Supporters of the Iran-backed militias held their ground in a protest camp outside the Green Zone to demand a vote recount.
-Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi suffered a light cut and appeared in a televised speech soon after the attack by armed drones on his residence.
-Seven of his security guards were wounded in the attack by at least two armed drones, according to two Iraqi officials.
-Al-Khadimi called for calm dialogue. “Cowardly rocket and drone attacks don’t build homelands and don’t build a future,” he said in the speech, according to reports from Associated Press.
-Condemnation of the attack poured in from world leaders, with several calling Al-Khadimi with words of support. These include United States President Joe Biden, French President Emmanuel Macron, British PM Boris Johnson.
-Secretary of State Antony Blinken talked with al-Kadhimi on Sunday to relay US' condemnation of the attack and to underscore the bilateral partnership with the Iraqi government.
-Al-Khadimi met with Iraqi President Barham Salih and headed security and Cabinet meetings on the same day of the attack.
-There was no claim of responsibility, but suspicion immediately fell on Iran-backed militias, according to reports from Associated Press. They had been blamed for previous attacks on the Green Zone, which also houses foreign embassies.
(With AP inputs)