One of the police sources said that, “The suicide bomber blew himself up at a checkpoint that leads to the prime minister’s house”.
“There was no word on casualties. Officials in Abadi’s office were not immediately available for comment on the attack. Iraq’s prime ministerial predecessor Nuri al-Maliki rejected calls by Sunnis, Kurds, some Shi’ites, power broker Iran and the United States to step aside for a less polarizing figure who is capable of uniting Iraqis against Islamic State insurgents who seized large sections of the country. Maliki condemned the appointment of Abadi and said he would “fix the problem”, he now appeared to back down, urging security forces to stay out of politics.