Drone targets Shia cleric's home in Iraq

Source: Xinhua| 2019-12-07 21:18:14|Editor: xuxin
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BAGHDAD, Dec. 7 (Xinhua) -- A drone has attacked the headquarters of Shia cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, in the southern Iraqi city of Najaf, a source close to the leader said on Saturday.

The attack took place early in the morning when an unidentified drone bombarded the headquarters in the al-Hannana area, some 160 km south of the capital city of Baghdad, Mohmmed Salih al-Iraqi said in a tweet.

Al-Iraqi give no further details about the bombardmen, but he said the attack came after al-Sadr ordered his supporters to protect demonstrators after a recent attack on a protest camp in downtown Baghdad.

On Friday evening, dozens of unidentified gunmen, in four-wheel drive and pick-up vehicles, broke into the al-Khalani Square in central Baghdad and opened fire with assault rifles on demonstrators, leaving at least 16 killed and 47 others injured.

Demonstrations erupted in Baghdad and other cities in central and southern Iraq in early October. The protesters demand comprehensive reform, fight against corruption, better public services and more job opportunities.