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Three protestors killed in Iraq's northern Mosul

2011-02-25 10:16:14 GMT2011-02-25 18:16:14(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

MOSUL, Iraq, Feb. 25 (Xinhua) -- Three protestors were killed and five others wounded in a demonstration in Iraq's northern city of Mosul on Friday, a Xinhua correspondent said.

The incident took place when hundreds of protestors tried to storm the Nineveh provincial government building in central Mosul, some 400 km north of Baghdad, the correspondent said.

The shootout erupted when an unknown protestor threw a hand- grenade near the government building, setting fire to one of its rooms, prompting the guards to open fire killing three people and wounding at least five others, he said.

The security forces used water cannons to disperse the demonstrators and prevent them from storming the government building.

The demonstrators demanded resignation of the provincial governor Athel al-Nujafi and the provincial council members.

They also demanded better public services, fighting unemployment and corruption.

Earlier in the day, angry protestors in Mosul stoned the convoy of the provincial parliament speaker Osama al-Nujaifi and his brother the governor of the province when they tried to reach the government building in the morning.

The demonstration is a part of nation-wide protests called by Iraqi groups on the social networking website Facebook to be held on February 25, asking Iraqis to hold what they named "Revolution of Iraqi Rage", or "Day of Rage" across the country, in a move widely seen inspired by the protests in Tunisia and Egypt.

Recently, several thousands of Iraqis sporadically took to the streets in several provinces across the country protesting unemployment and a sharp rise in the prices of food staples, as well as demanding better public services.

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