Gunmen Opens Fire on Anti-Government Protesters

Dec 10, 2019

On 6 December 2019, unidentified gunmen riding in pick-up trucks opened fire on anti-government protesters in Baghdad’s Khilani Square. Protesters at the site fled to the nearby Tahrir Square and ran inside mosques to take cover following the attack. The gunmen shot and killed at least 20 people, including two police officers, and wounded 60 others. In addition, the assailants set fire to a parking garage that demonstrators were using as a base of operations. The assault took place as demonstrators were occupying stretches of Ahar, Sinak and Jumhuriya bridges in the city. No information is available indicating the identities or potential motives of the assailants.

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