Civilian deaths in Iraq due to excessive force: Government report

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Civilian deaths during the Iraqi demonstrations in early October were caused by excessive force, according to the government's report into the protests released on Tuesday.

The final official death toll in Iraq’s protests is 107 civilians and four security personnel, concluded the report, mostly hit in the chest and head. At least 3,400 others were injured, according to an Iraqi TV channel.

The official report also said that riot police not enforcing a curfew led to the violence, adding that civilian casualties were the result of poor leadership by some security officials.

The report recommended that the operations commander for Baghdad be relieved of his post, as well as several other Iraqi officials including the police chiefs from Diwaniyah, Najaf, Wasit, Dhi Qar, Maysan and Baghdad. The commander of the 11th Infantry Division was also earmarked for firing.

It also stated that the investigation results of the events of the demonstrations will be referred to the judiciary following the approval of the commander of the armed forces.

The head of the Higher Ministerial Committee mandated to investigate the protests previously told the Iraqi News Agency the report would be released Tuesday and would include their recommendations. The committee is headed by Planning Minister Nuri Sabah al-Dulaimi.

Last Friday, Al-Dulaimi announced that investigations in the provinces which witnessed demonstrations between October 1-8 were complete, stressing the importance of delivering the findings to the prime minister.

Al-Dulaimi had also pointed to the important findings from the investigative subcommittees while listening to the testimonies of the people affected and their families.