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    Anti-government protesters set fire and close streets during ongoing protests in Baghdad, Iraq, in central Baghdad, Iraq, Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019.  Mass protests erupted in Baghdad and across southern Iraq last month, calling for the overhaul of the political system established after the 2003 U.S.-led invasion

    At Least 6 People Killed, 30 More Injured in Explosion in Baghdad, Iraq - Reports

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    The incident occurred as Iraq is being rocked by anti-government protests, with citizens demanding the government be dissolved and the implementation of crucial reforms.

    Six people died and 30 more were wounded after a self-made explosive device blew up at Tayaran Square in the capital of Iraq on Friday. 

    The Xinhua news agency reported, citing an Iraqi Interior Ministry source, that the blast of a bomb, planted inside a car, occurred close to the famous Tahrir Square, in the centre of Baghdad, where major anti-government protests have been taking place for weeks.

    At the time of the blast, a lot of protesters from Baghdad and neighbouring provinces had gathered on Tahrir Square.

    There have been no further details as to whether the incident is linked to anti-government protests, or if it was motivated by other reasons.

    The mass anti-government demonstrations have been underway in Iraq’s capital of Baghdad and several southern areas since October. They have often turned violent and protesters condemned the government forces for attacking them.

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