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Attack on Premier’s residence in Baghdad

Pope Francis sends solidarity

12 November 2021

On Tuesday, 9 November, the Holy Father sent a message of solidarity to Iraqi Prime Minister, Mustafa Al-Kadhimi, in the wake of an attack on his residence in Baghdad.

“Following the attack on your residence in Baghdad, His Holiness, Pope Francis wishes me to convey his prayerful closeness to you and your family, and to those injured,” read the telegram signed by Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin.

According to Iraqi law enforcement sources, three explosive-laden drones were launched at the Prime Minister’s residence in Baghdad’s high-security Green Zone — a heavily protected area of the capital where the U.S. Embassy and government buildings are also located.

Two drones were intercepted and shot down by the premier’s security, while the third one managed to detonate its charge. Al-Kadhimi was unharmed, while some bodyguards sustained injuries.

Condemning this “vile act of terrorism,” Pope Francis expressed his confidence that with God’s blessing, the Iraqi people “will be confirmed in wisdom and strength in pursuing the path of peace through dialogue and fraternal solidarity”.