Sadr calls for arrest of perpetrators involved in drone attack on PM residence

File – Iraqi Shia cleric Moqtada al-Sadr speaks during a media conference with Iraqi Defense Minister Arfan al-Hayali and Iraq’s Interior Minister Qasim al-Araji (not pictured) in Najaf, Iraq (Reuters)

SULAIMANI (ESTA) — Iraq’s Shia cleric Moqtada al-Sadr called for the disclosure of results of investigations and arrest of perpetrators involved in an attack on prime minister’s residence in Baghdad.

Prime Minister Mustafa Kadhimi survived the assassination attempt carried out by a drone laden with explosives that targeted his residence in Baghdad on November 7.

Several of his guards were wounded in the attack, according to the Iraqi military.

“The attack on the Prime Minister’s house is a clear and blatant violation of sovereignty and prestige, and it stirs up sedition and destabilize the security of Iraq,” Sadr said in a tweet on Friday.

“It is necessary to reveal results of the investigations and arrest those carried out this heinous terrorist act,” he added.

Sadr, whose part was the biggest winner in October election, threatened that he would disclose perpetrators in the future if they weren’t revealed by the government.

Three drones were used in the attack, including two that were intercepted and downed by security forces while a third drone hit the residence, according to the Iraqi interior ministry.

Kadhimi vowed to pursue those who carried out the attack, saying “we know them well, and we will expose them”.

The United States, UK, France, Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Iran as well as other Arab countries, Egypt and Lebanon condemned the attack.

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