Nine wounded after Iraq troops clash with Sunni protesters

By REUTERS
January 25, 2013 11:35




 FALLUJA, Iraq - At least nine people were wounded on Friday when Iraqi troops opened fire in the air during clashes with Sunni protesters rallying against Shi'ite Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, officials and witnesses said.

Thousands of Sunni protesters have taken to the streets in western Anbar province since late December in a major challenge to Maliki's fragile government, split among Shi'ites, Sunnis and ethnic Kurds, a year after the last American troops left.

"We have nine wounded, two were hit by army vehicles and the rest were wounded by gunfire," said a senior local government official who asked not to be identified.

A Reuters witness at the scene said troops fired in the air to disperse protesters.


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