Iraqi PM survives assassination attempt as he campaigns in the country

Iraq’s Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi survived an assassination attempt Friday as he campaigned in the Iraqi province of Diyala. A fire brigade bomb squad on the ground outside the scene of the attack says…

Iraqi PM survives assassination attempt as he campaigns in the country

Iraq’s Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi survived an assassination attempt Friday as he campaigned in the Iraqi province of Diyala.

A fire brigade bomb squad on the ground outside the scene of the attack says it appears to have targeted al-Abadi as he opened a polling station in his home province, where most of the seats are contested.

Three explosions were heard, according to a spokesman for Iraq’s national police, Major General Saad Maan.

Mohammed al-Hamdani, a local police official, told Reuters they received reports of two roadside bombs going off at polling stations in the town of Tarmiyah. Officials then received another report that a third bomb had exploded nearby.

Talib Nujaifi, head of the provincial council, and Alaa Muhsin Mufti, a lawmaker in the provincial council, both spoke to al-Abadi by phone after the explosion, but say the premier was not harmed.

Al-Abadi’s office confirmed he is unharmed, but said several staff of the prime minister’s office were injured in the attacks.

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