The officials said Boulani's motorcade was attacked by gunmen who sprayed vehicles of the convoy with intensive gunfire and rocket-propelled grenades (RPGs), late on Sunday, near Shatt Al-Arab causeway in the southern city of Basra, Iraq's second largest city.
Boulani was not hurt in the attack but several cars of the motorcade including military jeeps were damaged in the hit-and-run attack. Security personnel reinforcements were called in immediately after the botched bid on the life of the minister.
The minister was on a mission in Basra to assess security conditions in the city that has become a top security preoccupation for the local leadership.
Britain has around 4,500 troops based at an air base outside the city.
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