Drones loaded with explosives attacked the house of Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kazimy last night. He himself was not injured and is now in hiding. Sev-eral of his guards were w-ounded. The attack came after clashes between Iraqi security forces and supporters of Shiite militias. Shiites believe that the attack on the prime minister’s house could have been faked.
On the night of November 7, the mansion of Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kazimi was attacked from the air by unknown unmanned aerial vehicles. First it told the TV channel Al Arabia.
A drone loaded with explosives crashed into the prime minister’s house. Later, the Iraqi Defense Ministry clarified that there were two drones, one of them was supposed to hit the official’s car. The second was intercepted and detonated before the attack.
Initially, it was reported that al-Kazimi was hospitalized along with other victims of the attack. However, later the prime minister wrote on Twitter that he was doing well.
“You cannot surprise believers with treacherous missiles. The resilience and resourcefulness of our heroic security forces is unshakable as they serve the benefit of human safety, justice and law. I am fine, thank God, and I call everyone to calmness and restraint in the name of Iraq, ”al-Kazimi wrote.
The house of the head of the Iraqi government is located in the so-called “green zone” of Baghdad, where there are many administrative buildings, government offices, embassies of various countries, including the United States. Before the attack, an Al Arabia correspondent reported that he heard the sounds of gunfire in the area where the prime minister’s mansion and the American diplomatic mission are located. In the footage taken by eyewitnesses, shooting from automatic weapons is really audible.
Several people were reportedly injured in the attack on the Prime Minister, mainly his security personnel. Their exact number is unknown. The Associated Press writes that there are at least seven people in the hospital who were in the house at the time of the attack. According to Al Hadath, 10 security personnel have been hospitalized. Part of the residence collapsed after the explosion. Al-Kazimi himself is now in hiding, security measures have been significantly strengthened at the entrances to the area.
So far, no group has claimed responsibility for the assassination attempt. The attack on al-Kazimi’s home came amid escalating confrontation between the Iraqi security forces and the pro-Iranian Shiite militia – their supporters camped on the border of Baghdad’s green zone, protesting against the results of parliamentary elections.
Shiite Forces (Popular Mobilization Forces – a coalition of several Shiite groups) cooperate with the Iraqi government in the fight against IS (the organization is banned in Russia). However, official Baghdad is also opposed by other Shiite formations supported by Iran. Among them are the Mahdi Army, Hezbollah, Asaib Ahl al-Haqq.
Clashes broke out between militia supporters and Iraqi law enforcement on 5 November. The security forces first tried to disperse the protesters with tear gas, but later opened fire. At least one of the demonstrators was killed and dozens of security personnel injured. Shia militias and members of other radical groups have openly blamed al-Kazimi for Friday’s clashes and the death of a protester. The Prime Minister ordered an investigation into who exactly violated the order prohibiting shooting at the demonstrators.
Mahmoud al-Rubay, an official representative of the Asaib Ahl al-Haqq movement, in turn, expressed the opinion that the assassination attempt on the prime minister could have been falsified. I think it was a fabricated explosion to cover up yesterday’s crimes and divert public reaction to them, ”he said.
The United States expressed concern about what happened.
“This is an obvious terrorist act, which we strongly condemn, was aimed at the very heart of the Iraqi state. We are in close contact with the Iraqi security forces and offered them help in the investigation of the attack “, – says the statement of the official representative of the State Department Ned Price.