Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi survived an assassination attempt on Monday, the prime minister’s office said.
The governor of Salahuddin province, Barham Salih, was with Abadi when a bomb exploded, the statement said.
The explosion reportedly targeted a motorcade driving from the airport to Salahuddin’s governor’s house, Reuters reported.
“I felt the vibrations and went out to see if there was a fire,” local Governor Hadi al-Amiri told the Associated Press. “The explosion was so heavy that at first the ambulances couldn’t be used. I was on the roof of the building and managed to open the roof to rescue people who were buried under the rubble.”
According to Reuters, sources say that the bomb was planted in a power substation used to feed electricity to military bases in Salahuddin province. The sources say that power was out for much of the province for hours as firefighters worked to put out the blaze that followed the explosion. Abadi and Salih were unharmed in the blast.
The attack in Salahuddin province comes as U.S. President Donald Trump has backed Iraqis efforts to retake Fallujah, the last remaining major Islamic State stronghold in Iraq.