Iraq PM survives suicide car bombing attack near Baghdad hotel

( Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has survived an assassination attempt in Baghdad, officials say.

A suicide bomber drove a Humvee into a hotel housing government officials and caused multiple casualties early Thursday, Iraq’s top Sunni religious cleric Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani said.

Iraqi President Barham Salih confirmed Abadi was unharmed in the attack.

“Those who wished that the prime minister would be assassinated, Allah only knows when the day will come when you will reap the fruits of the fruitlessness of such plots,” Abadi said Thursday evening in a televised address.

“The enemy is dying and will soon know his defeat,” he added.

The bomber attacked in a hotel room with Iraqi security forces, one lawmaker told the Associated Press, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to brief journalists.

It’s not immediately clear if anyone else was killed or injured in the blast.

The incident comes a day after the U.S. Embassy issued a travel warning warning of increased attacks in Iraq. It also said that this month a roadside bomb wounded U.S. Embassy staff in Baghdad.

“In recent weeks, we have seen a significant increase in the types of attacks occurring in Baghdad,” it said. “Explosions in multi-floor commercial buildings in eastern Baghdad were followed by intense fighting between Shia militiamen and Sunni extremist militants that displaced thousands.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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