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Sunni rally turns violent in Iraq

BAGHDAD — Two people were wounded by gunshots Sunday at demonstrations in western Iraq when bodyguards and security forces protecting a senior Sunni politician opened fire to disperse protesters, a local official said, marking the first casualties in more than a week of rallies.

Some of the demonstrators were demanding that the politician, Deputy Prime Minister Saleh al-Mutlaq, quit the Shi’ite-dominated government. Video of the chaotic scene showed hundreds of angry protesters chasing the official’s entourage, pelting them with rocks and bottles as repeated automatic gunfire rang out.

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