Iraqi Higher Education Minister Escapes Assassination Attempt

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iraqi Higher Education and Scientific Research Minister Hussein al-Shahristani survived an ISIL assassination attempt in Tikrit city, a source said. Shahristani, a long-time Iraqi official and a former oil minister, had traveled to Salahuddin province on Saturday to visit Tikrit University and hold meetings with the Iraqi popular forces fighting against the ISIL terrorists. A source in Iraq's higher education ministry said that a number of ISIL terrorists fired at Shahristani's vehicle in Tikrit. "The shooting merely damaged his car but the minister escaped safely from the assassination attempt," the source who called for anonymity was quoted as saying by Rudaw news website. Tikrit was liberated since April 2015 from the ISIL hands and battles to fully retake Salahuddin province still continue.