Manar al-Ani, key aide to Haider al-Abadi, pronounced unhurt after explosion strikes his convoy
The Iraqi prime minister, Haider al-Abadi, is in the clear after a bomb attack on his convoy in the northern city of Mosul but one of his aides was killed in the explosion, according to local media.
Haider al-Abadi was in his convoy and did not appear to be hurt, according to officials in the country.
Iraqi sources told Associated Press that the explosion was caused by a bomb planted in a parked car nearby. The blast hit close to the Abadi convoy, wounding at least two guards, the sources said.
Ahmed al-Rabeili, a lawmaker and security adviser to Abadi, said the target of the attack was the prime minister’s private car but that the driver was a bodyguard and not the prime minister.
Abadi declared victory over Islamic State on 15 May after more than three years in control of the city, which had been the group’s only urban stronghold in Iraq.
The blast is the latest in a series of attacks that have plagued Iraq since Abadi declared victory over Islamic State. Some have been claimed by Islamic State but others have been attributed to other insurgent groups including the Kurdistan Workers party (PKK) which is fighting Turkish troops in northern Iraq.
Residents in Mosul’s eastern part said the blast also hit a fire station close to the blast, wounding at least 15 people, although the number of casualties could not be confirmed.
At least 13 people have been killed in several bombings in the last week, which coincided with the funeral of the governor of the northern province of Nineveh.