Three people were shot dead and dozens were wounded during a wave of protests that turned violent in the Kurdistan region of Iraq, the Kurdish news agency Rudaw said.

Demonstrators have taken to the streets across the province of Sulaimaniya since yesterday, accusing the government of withholding their salaries for three months. Protesters attacked headquarter buildings of the Kurdistan Democratic Party leader Massoud Barzani, the news agency said.

Sulaimaniya is controlled by the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan, one of two main Kurdish political parties, while Duhok and the capital city of Erbil are controlled by Kurdistan Democratic Party.

Kurdistan is housing hundreds of Americans working in the region. U.S. President Barack Obama in August 2014 allowed for first time limited airstrikes to target Islamic State militants to protect Americans in Erbil and Baghdad.

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