Five Protesters Killed in Iraq

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Five Protesters Killed in Iraq

About five people were killed as Iraqi security forces opened up fire on protesters in Baghdad on Monday as thousands continued to gather at largest wave of anti-government protests for decades. Witness saw one man shot dead, his body carried away by fellow protesters when security forces opened fire with live rounds on demonstrators near Baghdad’s Ahrar bridge.

A Reuters cameraman saw about four others get killed. Security and medical sources put the toll at one dead and about 22 wounded adding that rubber bullets and tear gas, not live ammunition, were used. The Interior Ministry could not be immediately reached for comment.

About more than 250 Iraqis is said to have killed in demonstrations since start of October against a government they see as corrupt and beholden to foreign interests.

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