Baghdad: In Iraq's capital Baghdad on Friday, unidentified assailants opened fire on anti-government protesters, killing 16 people and injuring 45 others. A source in the Ministry of Internal Affairs has given this information in this regard. The source told the local media on condition of anonymity that the attackers entered the convoy of vehicles in Al-Khalani Square and started indiscriminate firing on the people who had gathered there to protest.
Al-Khalani is located next to a multi-story parking garage that has been occupied by protesters since the current mobilization that began two months ago. It is also near Tahrir Chowk, which has been the center of the movement that led to Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi to resign from his post. Thousands of people gathered again at Tahrir Chowk on Friday.
The protesters and press have said that members of Shia political parties and militias barged into protests at Tahrir Chowk on Thursday and opened fire on a dozen people. Let us tell you that more than 400 people have died in the protests in Iraq since October 1.