The eight-week-old protest engulfed Iraq on October 1. The Iraqi people came out on streets to protest against the corrupt government, poor services, and unemployment.
Unknown groups of people are said to have started mysterious acts of bloodshed. This has caused fear and a sense of insecurity among the anti-government protesters. The peaceful protest have now turned violent where many youngsters and activists have lost their lives.
Last Friday 25 protesters were killed in Baghdad’s Khilani Square. Gunmen in pickup trucks opened fire at the protesters.
Similarly, same week mysterious knifeman attacked dozens of anti-government protesters in Tahrir Square.
Thursday’s bloodshed started when the teen gunman opened fire in al-wathba square. Two shop owners and four protesters were killed by the teen.
The security officials have said the teen was wanted by police on drug-related charges and he was on the run from the security forces.
The officials also revealed the angry mob beat the young man to death. At least eight people were also wounded.
Abduction and Assassination of activists
The demonstrators are in a state of fear and paranoia as in recent days abduction and assassination of high profile civil activists have also begun in Baghdad.
Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, has called the angry mob who killed the teen “terrorists”. He has warned the protesters to identify those involved in the killing of the teen within 48 hours. If they fail to do so he would order his militia to leave the square. The militia who are referred to as “blue hats” is deployed at the square to protect the protesters.