Iraqi PM survives attack on his home

Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi has said he escaped unhurt after a drone attack on his home inside Baghdad’s high-security Green Zone.

A drone laden with explosives struck the building, injuring six of his bodyguards in an apparent assassination attempt, officials said.

Mr Kadhimi called for “calm and restraint from everyone”.

The attack, which comes after violent unrest over recent election results, was condemned by both the US and Iran.

No-one has said they carried it out, in an area of the city housing many government buildings and foreign embassies.

Mr al-Kadhimi, a former intelligence chief, was sworn into office in May last year.

US state department spokesman Ned Price said the “apparent act of terrorism” had been “directed at the heart of the Iraqi state”.

America, he said, offered its assistance with the investigation.

The secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council, Ali Shamkhani, accused unnamed “foreign think tanks” of “creating and supporting terrorist and occupying forces” in Iraq that had “brought nothing but insecurity, discord and instability”.

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