New Delhi: India on Sunday strongly condemned the assassination attempt by a drone attack on Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi, and said that terrorism and violence have no place in civilized society and cannot be allowed to undermine peace and stability in Iraq.
India also reiterated support for the democratic process in Iraq.
Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Arindam Bagchi, in a statement said:
“We strongly condemn the assassination attempt by drone attack today morning on the Iraqi Prime Minister, Mustafa al-Kadhimi.
“Terrorism and violence have no place in any civilized society. They cannot be allowed to undermine peace and stability in Iraq.
“We express our concerns for the casualties caused by the attack and reiterate our support for the democratic process in Iraq.”
Earlier on Sunday, Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi escaped unhurt after a drone attack on his home inside Baghdad’s high-security Green Zone.
A drone laden with explosives struck the building, injuring six of his bodyguards in an apparent assassination attempt, officials said.
Kadhimi called for “calm and restraint from everyone”.
The attack comes after violent unrest over recent election results, and has been condemned by both the US and Iran.
According to reports, three drones were used in the attack, launched from near Republic Bridge on the River Tigris, but two were shot down.
No one has claimed responsibility for the drone attack.
al-Kadhimi, a former intelligence chief, was sworn into office in May last year. (UNI)