Iraq Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi wounded in assassination attempt, state TV says

Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi, who was sworn in earlier this year, was lightly wounded in an assassination attempt in Baghdad on Friday, but came out of the attack unscathed, Iraq’s state TV said.

The attack occurred outside the Ministry of Interior in the Iraqi capital, according to Iraqi state TV. The channel reported several people were killed in the attack and three others were wounded.

One of the targets was Abdul Mahdi’s convoy, according to Al-Iraqiyya TV, adding that the security detail was slow to respond, contributing to the prime minister’s injuries.

Abdul Mahdi, who is considered more centrist than his predecessor, Nouri al-Maliki, visited the scene later in the evening, The Washington Post reported.

“I thank Allah who saved my life and I demand more support from everyone,” Abdul Mahdi said, according to the newspaper.

Abdul Mahdi was sworn in Feb. 21.

Last year, the CIA reported that the terrorist organization Iran was providing support to the Islamic State group, the report said.

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