Iraq PM survives assassination attempt but injured in blast

This article is over 4 months old Ali al-Husseini al-Quraishi, seen as heir apparent to Muqtada al-Sadr, injured in blast in the capital Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi survived an assassination attempt on Saturday,…

Iraq PM survives assassination attempt but injured in blast

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Ali al-Husseini al-Quraishi, seen as heir apparent to Muqtada al-Sadr, injured in blast in the capital

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi survived an assassination attempt on Saturday, police said, when a roadside bomb detonated as he was travelling in the south of the country.

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Ali al-Husseini al-Quraishi, who the Guardian has reported as a potential successor to populist cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, was driving with Abadi and other top officials when the bomb exploded in the Saydiya governorate.

Abadi, 63, was taken to a hospital for treatment but had not suffered significant injuries, a statement from his office said.

Husseini and other officials were also injured in the attack. Police said 25 police officers and two civilians were hurt in the explosion, which was carried out by a suicide bomber.

Iraqi officials had begun scheming to replace Abadi with Husseini or another power broker in the run-up to parliamentary elections in April, which Abadi won with his traditional Shiite alliance.

A second attempt on Abadi’s life occurred in July 2016, when a car bomb exploded as he was traveling in southern Iraq.

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