Iraqi Forces kill five protesters


BAGHDAD: Iraqi security forces killed at least five people when they opened fire on protesters in Baghdad on Monday, a witness said, as thousands took part in the largest wave of anti-government protests for decades. A media cameraman 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. He also saw at least four others killed. Security and medical sources put the toll at four killed and 34 wounded, but could only confirm one death was from live fire. Two were a result of rubber bullets and tear gas, not live ammunition, they said, giving no reason for the fourth death. The sources also said two people were killed, including a police officer, when special forces tasked with protecting the heavily fortified Green Zone opened live fire on protesters.–Agencies