Twelve protesters were killed late Friday, December 6th when unidentified men attacked an anti-government protest gathering in Baghdad, as the US strongly condemned Tehran's intervention in Iraq and imposed sanctions on Iranian-backed fighters.
The deadly attack came after protesters had feared the rallies flocking into Baghdad's main protest camp at Tahrir Square could turn into chaos, after supporters of the pro-government Popular Mobilisation Forces paramilitary group flooded the area on Thursday, December 5th in a show of force, AFP reported.
The massacre occurred when armed men on pick-up trucks Friday night attacked a large building where protesters had been camped out for weeks, witnesses told AFP.
The gunmen forced young demonstrators out of the building and then showers of bullets were heard.
State television said the building had been stormed "by unidentified men."
One female medic said she had treated at least five people who had been stabbed or had light knife wounds.