At least 174 other protesters were injured in clashes that pitted police against Sadr’s followers.
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Tension between Iraq's Shiite leaders mounted Sunday as the toll from protests in central Baghdad Saturday increased to six killed, five demonstrators loyal to the fiery preacher Muqtada al-Sadr and one policeman. At least 174 other protesters were injured in clashes that pitted police against Sadr's followers who had gathered to demand an overhaul of a commission that supervises elections, ahead of a provincial poll due in September.Sadr's military wing, the Peace Brigades, denied in a statement firing the rockets, reacting to the military spokesman who said they seemed to have been fired from Baladiyat, a district where the preacher has many followers.Sadr's followers held several demonstrations last year to press for anti-corruption reforms, and stormed the Green Zone after violent clashes with security forces.
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