Iraq violence: Seven killed in Baghdad during rally



    Iraq violence: Seven killed in Baghdad during rally

    Feb.12, Baghdad: At least five protesters and two policeman have been killed in the Iraqi capital during a rally by thousands calling for an overhaul of the electoral system, police said. 

    At least 320 protesters and seven police officers were wounded as violence gripped the rally. 

    Iraqi security forces fired tear gas and rubber-coated bullets at thousands of supporters of Muqtada al-Sadr, an influential Shia leader, who were demonstrating on Saturday near Baghdad's Green Zone to press for electoral changes.

    The Associated Press news agency, quoting hospital officials, said the officer died of a bullet wound.

    "There were seven dead as a result of the violence. Two of them are from the security forces and the other five are protesters," a police colonel told AFP news agency on condition of anonymity. He put the number of people hurt in the chaos at more than 200.

    The Oslo Times International News Network

     
     

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