Six Killed in Southern Iraq Protests

W460

Six protesters were killed on Tuesday in the oil-rich southern Iraqi city of Basra, an official said, which has been shaken by two months of demonstrations.

"Six demonstrators were killed and more than 20 wounded," said Mehdi al-Tamimi, head of the government's human rights council in Basra province.

Security forces "directly opened fire on protesters," he said.

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