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2 Protesters Killed as Iraq Anti-Government Rallies Turn Violent

At least two people were killed and 200 others were injured in anti-government protests in Iraqi capital Baghdad, according to a statement by Iraqi authorities.

The injured include 40 security personnel, said the statement.

Local media outlets however reported that at least three people were killed by gunfire of Iraqi security and some 130 injured, most of whom were affected by tear gas shells.

The rally in Baghdad began peacefully on Tuesday afternoon, with more than 1,000 people, including university graduates,  marching in Tahrir Square in the centre of the city after  to protest against unemployment, corruption and poor services.

Later, as more people converged into the square chanting anti-government slogans, demonstrators clashed with security forces who used rubber bullets, tear gas and water cannon to disperse those protesting.

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