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Iraq jewelry store heists spark gunfights, seven dead

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

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.

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

In other attacks across the Iraqi capital on Sunday, bombs hidden on cars killed two Iraqis and wounded 10, police and health officials said.


Violence erupts, 3 prison inmates killed

Two inmates were shot to death trying to escape from the roof of Haiti's quake-damaged national penitentiary and a third was trampled to death inside during a prison riot. U.N. police spokesman Jean-Francois Vezina said at least 100 U.N. police were inside the country's biggest prison when the uprising occurred. Inmates briefly held seven foreigners hostages — three U.N. police, two U.N. corrections officials and two unidentified visitors touring the facility — before releasing them, some with minor injuries, he said.


Man charged in detective's death

A man is accused of fatally striking an off-duty police detective in the head during a dispute over a parking space in a crowded nightlife district. Sian James, 25, was charged with first-degree murder in the Saturday night death of Detective Brian Stevenson, who would have turned 38 on Sunday. James fled the scene and was caught hours later at a nightclub, police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said.


Third tour bus crash in two years claims 2

A commercial tour bus carrying a dozen people drifted off a highway and rolled several times, killing two people and injuring several others. The crash happened around 8 a.m. near the community of Meadview on the southeastern side of the Lake Mead National Recreation Area, said Mohave County sheriff's spokeswoman Trish Carter. It is third time in two years that the region, home to tourist attractions that include the Grand Canyon and Hoover Dam, has experienced a deadly tour bus crash.


Women demand end to mass rapes

Thousands of women led by Congo's first lady are marching in the country's volatile east to demand an end to a wave of mass rapes. First lady Olive Lembe Kabila led the women through the town of Bukavu. The United Nations recently reported that 303 civilians were raped in 13 nearby villages from July 30-Aug. 2.


Official, son slain in border town

Gunmen in the drug violence-ridden border city of Ciudad Juarez have killed a local official and his son. Rito Grado Serrano was regional president of the community of El Porvenir outside Ciudad Juarez but lived with his family in Ciudad Juarez — one of the cities hardest hit by Mexico's drug war. Authorities say Grado and his son Rigoberto were slain Saturday night at their house in the city across the border from El Paso, Texas. The motive was unknown.

Times wires

Iraq jewelry store heists spark gunfights, seven dead 10/17/10 [Last modified: Sunday, October 17, 2010 11:28pm]
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