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The Latest: Iraqi Officials Say 6 Protesters Killed

The Latest: Iraqi Officials Say 6 Protesters Killed

Saturday, 26 October 2019 11:39 AM

BAGHDAD (AP) — The Latest on the nationwide protests in Iraq (all times local):

6:10 p.m.

Iraqi officials say six protesters have been killed in clashes with security forces during nationwide anti-government protests.

A security official and a medical official say three people were killed when they were struck by tear gas canisters in Baghdad, where thousands of protesters were trying to reach the heavily fortified Green Zone, home to embassies and government offices.

A second medical official says three protesters were shot dead by security guards when they attacked the office of a provincial official in the southern town of Nasiriyah.

At least 48 people have been killed since the protests resumed this week, after 149 were killed in a wave of demonstrations earlier this month.

Noon

The death toll from protests in Iraq has climbed to 42 after a senior government official in the country's south said 12 protesters died in a fire they started while storming the office of powerful militia during a rally there a day earlier.

The anti-government protests erupted Friday after leaderless, spontaneous revolts were violently quelled earlier this month in the war-torn country.

The southern official says that in Diwaniyah town, bodies were being removed on Saturday from a building belonging to a powerful militia where the protesters set it on fire on Friday.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he wasn't allowed to talk to reporters.

In the capital, Baghdad, protesters gathered again on Saturday in the central Tahrir Square but there were no immediate reports of violence.

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The Latest on the nationwide protests in Iraq (all times local):6:10 p.m.Iraqi officials say six protesters have been killed in clashes with security forces during nationwide anti-government protests.A security official and a medical official say three people were killed...
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