23 Dead In Baghdad As Armed Men Attack Anti-Government Protesters

Three members of the police had been additionally killed within the assault


The loss of life toll in an assault by armed males at Baghdad’s predominant protest website on Friday evening rose to 23 on Saturday, police and medical sources mentioned, the deadliest incident to hit the capital in weeks.

Greater than 127 others had been wounded by gunfire and stabbings focusing on anti-government protesters close to Tahrir Sq., police and medical sources mentioned.

The loss of life toll consists of three members of the police. Hundreds of Iraqis have occupied the central sq. and three close by bridges which result in town’s Inexperienced Zone for weeks, calling for the whole uprooting of the present political system.

Safety sources mentioned they may not determine the gunmen who attacked protesters.The incident was adopted by additional intimidation early on Saturday morning, as unknown gunmen drove in a convoy down the principle riverside avenue which ends up in Tahrir Sq., firing a volley of pictures in the direction of it.

The closely armed, masked gunmen roamed the road close to the sq. and tried to advance onto Tahrir Sq. however had been ultimately circled at a checkpoint manned by Iraq’s safety forces, witnesses mentioned.

The incidents had been essentially the most violent flare-ups within the capital for weeks and got here every week after Iraqi’s prime minister, Adel Abdul Mahdi, mentioned he would resign following two months of anti-government protests.

Friday’s lethal assault got here hours after Washington imposed sanctions on three Iranian-backed Iraqi paramilitary leaders who it accused of directing the killing of Iraqi protesters

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A senior US Treasury official instructed the sanctions had been timed to distance these figures from any position in forming a brand new authorities.

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