Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi survived an assassination attempt, after unknown assailants tried to fly explosive-laden drones into his home in Baghdad’s heavily fortified Green Zone overnight on Saturday. Iraqi authorities said two of the drones were shot down, but at least one other managed to strike the prime minister’s official residence, blowing in doors and windows. No one has claimed responsibility for the attack, which reportedly left 10 guards injured.
The attack followed large protests against the results of last month’s parliamentary elections, which saw candidates representing pro-Iran Shia militias lose ground. On Friday, Iraqi soldiers fired tear gas and live rounds at demonstrators, with reports of at least two people killed and dozens injured.