16 people killed in armed attack in Iraq's capital Baghdad - UPDATED

16 people killed in armed attack in Iraq's capital Baghdad - UPDATED
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At least 16 people were killed in an armed attack by unidentified assailants in Iraq's capital, according to medical sources, APA reports quoting Anadolu Agency.

Dozens of others were wounded in the bloody attack on al-Hallani Square near Tahrir Square, said the sources.

Photojournalist Ahmed al-Muhenne covering developments was also killed when he was stabbed by assailants, the sources said. 

People are flocking to al-Hallani Square from different areas of the city to support protestors despite the bloody attack, according to an Anadolu Agency reporter. 

Iraqi authorities have not yet made an official statement on the attack.

Iraq has been rocked by mass protests since early October, leaving 460 Iraqis killed and 17,000 injured, Iraq's High Commission for Human Rights said.

On Dec. 1, the Iraqi parliament accepted the resignation of Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi amid protests against corruption and poor living conditions in the country.

Protesters’ demands later spiraled into calls for dissolving Abdel-Mahdi's government.

 

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Gunmen killed at least six people near a protest site in central Baghdad on Friday, police and medics said, APA rpeorts quoting Reuters.

More than 20 others were wounded near Tahrir Square, the main protest camp in the Iraqi capital, the sources said.

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