BAGHDAD: Earlier on Sunday, Iraqi Prime Minister (PM) Mustafa al-Kadhimi escaped an assassination attempt after a drone laden with explosives hit his residence in Baghdad, Daily Times reported. However, the attack left several members of Kadhimi’s personal security wounded. The guards were surrounding his house. The attack happened following protests in the Iraqi capital over the result of a general election last month turned violent. Meanwhile, the United States Department of State has denounced the attack and offered assistance with the investigation. “This apparent act of terrorism, which we strongly condemn, was directed at the heart of the Iraqi state,” spokesman Ned Price said in a statement. “We are in close touch with the Iraqi security forces charged with upholding Iraq’s sovereignty and independence and have offered our assistance as they investigate this attack.” No terrorist group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack on Kadhimi’s residence in Baghdad’s fortified Green Zone, which houses government buildings and foreign embassies. On the other hand, Al-Kadhimi took to Twitter and appealed for calm and restraint in a post. “I’m doing fine, praise be to God, and I call for calm and restraint on the part of everyone for the good of Iraq,” he said. A statement from the Iraqi military said that the attack targeted Kadhimi’s residence and that he was in “good health”. It provided no further detail.