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Iraq: Evil hands behind gunfire on protesters in Baghdad

UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — Spokespersons from the Iraqi Ministry of Defense, Interior, Health and Joint Operations Command attended a press conference Sunday evening, October 6, in Baghdad, to shed light on “the circumstances disturbances “which enamelled the peaceful demonstrations of the people.

“There are evil hands behind live ammunition during recent protests,” he insisted.

“There was no clash between the protesters and the security forces during the demonstrations on Friday, October 4, and no security forces fired directly on the protesters,” he said.

In recent days, as unrest spread across several Iraqi cities, videos of unidentified gunmen targeting security forces and protesters were posted on the web. As a result of live ammunition, a number of people were killed, including members of the security forces and the police.

Also at the press conference, Iraqi Defense Ministry spokesman General Tahsin al-Khafaji said that the death toll has risen to 104. According to him, eight of the dead were security forces. 6,107 people were also injured during the clashes.

Regarding the perpetrators, the spokesman said investigations were continuing to identify the real culprits of deadly shootings The offices of several political parties and news channels have also been targeted in recent days, he said indicated.

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