The Latest: 4 more anti-government Iraqi protesters killed

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An anti-government protester uses a slingshot to fire stones at riot police during clashes in Baghdad, Iraq, Thursday, Nov. 28, 2019. Scores of protesters have been shot dead in the last 24 hours, amid spiraling violence in Baghdad and southern Iraq, officials said. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)

BAGHDAD – The Latest on anti-government protests in Iraq (all times local):

10 p.m.

Iraqi officials say four protesters were killed amid ongoing violence in Baghdad and southern Iraq, hours after Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi announced his intention to resign.

Security and hospital officials say one protester was killed and 18 wounded Friday by security forces who fired live rounds and tear gas to repel them on Baghdad’s historic Rasheed Street, near the strategic Ahrar Bridge.

Officials say three protesters were shot dead by security forces in the southern city of Nasiriyah, bringing the total killed there to six on Friday.

Officials say, separately, a Katyusha rocket exploded in an empty lot inside the heavily fortified Green Zone in Baghdad. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity in line with regulations.

At least 400 protesters have been killed since Oct.1, when thousands of Iraqis took to the streets to decry corruption and poor services.

— By Murtada Faraj.