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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.

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Iraq jewelry store heists spark gunfights, seven dead 10/18/10 [Last modified: Monday, October 18, 2010 12:28am]

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