Published December 30, 2012
BAGHDAD – An official in Iraq's western Anbar province says two people have been wounded after bodyguards for a senior Sunni politician began shooting to disperse angry anti-government protesters.
Anbar provincial council member Talib Hamadi al-Dulaimi told The Associated Press the shooting happened near Ramadi Sunday during a visit by Iraq's Deputy Prime Minister Saleh al-Mutlaq. Sunni protesters have been rallying in the area for more than a week to protest over perceived second-class treatment by the Shiite-led government.
Al-Dulaimi says a dispute broke out and shots were fired after demonstrators insisted the Sunni official show support for their protest by submitting his resignation from the government.
Gunfire continued to ring out and protesters were seen throwing rocks at the entourage as it left the area.
Al-Mutlaq's office had no immediate comment.