7 killed in Baghdad jewelry store robberies

October 18, 2010 00:11
1 minute read.


Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later Don't show it again

BAGHDAD — Gunmen stormed three Baghdad jewelry stores Sunday in what appeared to be coordinated robberies and clashed with security forces, leaving seven people dead.

The attack was the latest in a wave a violent crime that has swept the Iraqi capital over the past year as political violence has ebbed. Iraqi authorities have frequently blamed insurgents, saying they are hard up for cash and have turned to crime to raise money for other types of attacks.

The clashes began when two carloads of armed attackers stormed three jewelry stores in western Baghdad's mostly Sunni Mansour neighborhood, security officials said. They opened fire on the stores and killed the three owners, then scooped up as much jewelry as they could before soldiers and policemen opened fire on them.

Two police officers and two gunmen were killed in the firefight and five gunmen escaped with jewelry. Two police officials and a worker at Yarmouk hospital confirmed the death tolls. All spoke on condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to speak to media.

Another police officer and two bystanders were injured in the shooting.

In other attacks Sunday across the Iraqi capital, bombs hidden on cars killed two Iraqis and wounded 10, police and health officials said. The explosions were the latest examples of attackers surreptitiously sticking bombs to cars, a tactic increasingly used by insurgents in cities.

Related Content

Breaking news
August 18, 2018
U.N. chief suggests options for improved Palestinian protection