A suicide bomber attack killed at least 10 people and wounded 20 others outside an auditorium used by Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on Monday.
Ahmed al-Assadi, the spokesman for the Interior Ministry, said Abadi was not hurt in the explosion, which he said was caused by the suicide bomber who also wounded 11 policemen. There was no immediate claim of responsibility. The attack took place in the Baghdad suburb of Amil.
Abadi was attending a conference on Iraq’s security when the attack took place.
The attack came after a week of political turmoil for Iraq, as the country is struggling with a heavy toll after its military pushed ISIS militants out of Iraq’s second-largest city. In the past week, several top military commanders have come under attack, and ministers have publicly warned of more challenges ahead.
At a meeting on Sunday, Kurdish officials postponed a vote on their decision to sign a deal with the central government on oil sales. The Kurds have been threatening to declare independence from Iraq, but it is not clear if they are pushing for independence now, or if the Kurds are postponing the vote to allow the central government to reconsider issues surrounding the sale of oil.
While the Iraqi military claimed to have reclaimed large areas from ISIS, large portions of the country remain under ISIS control, including areas in the country’s western province of Anbar and in the south of Iraq.