Iraqi protester stabbed to death in clash between rival camps

Anti-government demonstrators block a bridge with debris and burning tires in the southern Iraqi city of Nasiriyah on January 19, 2020. (File photo: AP)

A protester was stabbed to death Monday in southern Iraq after men in blue caps, the signature headgear of followers of cleric Moqtada Sadr, attacked an anti-government rally, medics and police said.

The men were trying to reopen the provincial government’s headquarters in the city of Hilla, closed for months by widespread demonstrations, an AFP correspondent there said.

The protester was stabbed in the neck and died of his wounds in hospital, while three others were hurt after being hit with batons, the medical and security sources told AFP.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:57 - GMT 06:57