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Five killed by security forces shooting at protesters in Baghdad

BAGDAD, Nov 4 (Reuters / EP) –

At least five people have died from the shots fired by security forces in the context of the demonstration that took place on Monday in Baghdad in a new day of protests against the Government of Iraq.

Thousands of people have once again concentrated on several points in the Iraqi capital to continue demonstrations against the Government, despite promises by Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi to implement reforms and fight corruption.

Five killed by security forces shooting at protesters in Baghdad
Five killed by security forces shooting at protesters in Baghdad

One of the nerve points of the concentrations during the day has been the Al Ahrar bridge, where clashes between protesters and security forces have been recorded

A witness consulted by Reuters has said that security forces have shot real fire at protesters on the Al Ahrar bridge killing one whose body has been picked up by other protesters. A Reuters camera has been able to see at least four others killed in the same circumstances.

However, medical and security sources for now only confirm one dead and 22 injured. According to these sources, the agents have only used rubber bullets and tear gas, not real fire, to suppress the protests.

On Sunday, three other protesters died when security forces opened fire on a crowd trying to storm the Iranian consulate in the Shiite city of Kerbala.

More than 250 people died in October in the context of clashes between protesters and security forces during protests against the economic crisis, unemployment and corruption. Most protesters were hit by shots in the chest and head.

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