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Iraqi security forces killed 149 protesters, most by shots to head, chest: government inquiry


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An Iraqi government committee investigating a wave of unrest found that 149 civilians were killed because security forces used excessive force and live fire to quell protests, according to its report, seen by Reuters.


The report, which said more than 70% of the deaths were caused by shots to the head or chest, held senior commanders responsible but stopped short of blaming the prime minister and other top officials, saying there had been no order to shoot.


22nd Oct 2019

Source;Reuters


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