Iraqi parliament speaker survives assassination bid

Turkey and the US were among the first to condemn the attack.

Iraqi parliament speaker survives assassination bid

World Bulletin / News Desk

Iraqi Parliament Speaker Osama al-Nujaifi survived an assassination attempt on Monday in the northern city of Mosul.

"Al-Nujaifi's motorcade was targeted by an explosive device in Mosul," parliament's media office said in a Monday statement.

According to the statement, one vehicle was damaged in the attack and its occupants injured.

"This [assassination] attempt is part of a series of attacks targeting national symbols in light of the current security turmoil and the approach of parliamentary polls," the statement read.

According to Iraqi police, two of his guards were injured, but al-Nujaifi escaped unharmed.

Turkey's Foreign Ministry has strongly condemned bombing attacks targeting Iraq's Parliament Speaker and an Iraqi Turkmen Front leader.

In a statement released on Monday, the Ministry said: "Turkey strongly condemns those who target the unity of the Iraqi people by leading to clashes among ethnic, religious and sectarian groups, and expresses its condolences to the Iraqi people for the dead and wounded."

The U.S. State Department also condemned the attack.

“The United States strongly condemns today’s attack on the convoy of the Speaker of the Iraqi Council of Representatives, Osama al-Nujaifi, in Ninewa province,” said State Department Deputy Spokesperson Marie Harf in a statement released to the press.

Harf added: “Today’s attack exemplifies the danger terrorist groups pose to all Iraqis, and the importance of Iraqi leaders from all communities working together to isolate militant groups from the broader population.”

More than 1,000 people died in Iraq in January as a result of an uptick in violence between the government and militant groups.

No one has yet claimed responsibility for the attack on al-Nujaifi.

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