Top Iraqi Intelligence Official Survives Assassination Attempt
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Top Iraqi Intelligence Official Survives Assassination Attempt

ERBIL — Head of intelligence at the Iraqi Interior Ministry on Wednesday survived an assassination attempt in the capital Baghdad, an official statement said.

The ministry said that a Katyusha rocket earlier today hit the house of Lt. Gen. Ahmed Taha Hashim, who is also the head of the Deterring Corruption Committee which was established in August 2020.

The assassination attempt was "unsuccessful" and only resulted in minor damage to Hashim's house, according to the statement.

The security forces were able to locate the rocket launch site, the statement added, noting that an investigation is underway now.

Iraqi media outlets reported earlier the day that a Katyusha rocket had hit an apartment in Baghdad without causing any casualties.

The Security Media Cell confirmed the report at the time and said the rocket was launched from east of the capital city. It added that an urgent investigation was launched into the case "to identify the perpetrators and bring them to justice".

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