Gunmen in police uniform kill 8 people in Iraq
There has been a spate of attacks and robberies by uniformed raiders on stores and businesses in the city this week.india Updated: Mar 29, 2006 16:18 IST
Gunmen in guise of Iraqi police commandos killed at least eight people and wounded three in a raid on an electronics store in western Baghdad on Wednesday, police sources said.
A hospital source put the death toll at nine, three women and six men, from the raid on the Al-Ibtikar Company in the relatively affluent Mansour neighbourhood.
There has been a spate of attacks and robberies by uniformed raiders on electronics stores and other businesses in the city this week.
On Monday and Tuesday, a total of 35 people were abducted in four attacks, two of them on electronics dealers. The fate of those kidnapped is unknown.
Since the Saddam Hussein reign was overthrown and the end of international sanctions three years ago, Baghdad has seen big demand for hitherto unattainable consumer goods, at least among that portion of the population not living in deep poverty.
Also attacked on Tuesday was a currency exchange office, where police said raiders in police uniform got away with more than $50,000 in US dollars and Iraqi dinars.