An attempt to defuse sectarian anger in Iraq has ended in bloodshed. Bodyguards bundled deputy prime minister Saleh al-Mutlaq to safety, after he tried to give a speech to calm tensions in the city of Ramadi in the western province of Anbar.
Mutlaq’s convoy was pelted with bottles and stones.
His guards opened fire to disperse the crowd. Witnesses say two people were injured.
The protestors are demanding an end to what they see as the marginalisation of Iraq’s Sunni minority, which dominated the country until the US-led invasion in 2003.
They say the authorities discriminate against them and are under the influence of non-Arab neighbour, Iran.