Death toll soars after four days of protests in Iraq

Reports says the death toll in anti-government protests that have swept Iraq the past four days has soared to at least 60, security and medical.

The figure has more than doubled in the past 24 hours, as clashes between protesters and police intensified.

The military said unidentified snipers had killed four people in Baghdad, including two police officers.

Prime Minister Adel Abdel Mahdi earlier said protesters’ legitimate demands had been heard, but appealed for calm.

 Reuters said several people had been hit by bullets, some in the head and others in the stomach.

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