Protesters in south Iraq storm government offices

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
February 16, 2011 15:48

 
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BAGHDAD — A spokeswoman for a southern Iraqi province said around 2,000 people attacked government offices and tried to set fire to the governor's house to protest often shoddy public services.

Sondos al-Dahabi said Wednesday that 13 people were injured in the protest in the city of Kut, 100 miles (160 kilometers) southeast of Baghdad.

She said protesters threw stones at the provincial council headquarters, set a trailer outside on fire and rushed inside the building. They also went to the governor's headquarters and his house, trying to set it on fire. Dahabi said the governor was not at home.

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