Biden condemns attack on Iraqi prime minister

US President Joe Biden has strongly condemned the assassination attempt on Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi. Biden says the US will offer assistance to the Iraqi security forces investigating the incident.

The attack on al-Kadhimi's residence in Baghdad took place early on Sunday. Drones laden with explosives were used.

The prime minister is safe. But the Associated Press has cited Iraqi officials as saying that seven security guards were wounded. Iraq's military is investigating the attack as an assassination attempt.

Biden released a statement. In it, he said, "The perpetrators of this terrorist attack on the Iraqi state must be held accountable." He also said that he condemns "in the strongest terms those using violence to undermine Iraq's democratic process."

A US State Department spokesperson said Secretary of State Antony Blinken spoke to al-Kadhimi on the telephone on Sunday.

He said Blinken stressed that the attack was also an attack on the sovereignty and stability of the Iraqi state. The spokesperson said, "The secretary reiterated that the US partnership with Prime Minister al-Kadhimi and with Iraq is steadfast."

The Iraqi prime minister's office also released a statement. It said the cowardly terrorist attack that occurred at the prime minister's home is a serious strike against the Iraqi state by criminal armed groups.

The office indicated that the perpetrators will be dealt with firmly.

Unrest is mounting in Iraq over the results of a parliamentary election held in October. Groups that lost a large number of seats are accusing the government of fraud. Protesters clashed with security forces on Friday.