At least eight people have been killed in robbery attempts at three jewelry stores in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad.
Iraq's Interior Ministry says gunmen attacked the stores Sunday in the Mansour district of western Baghdad, killing the owners of all three stores.
It says the attackers stole jewelry and tried to escape before security forces caught up with them, igniting a gunfight that left at least five people dead, including two of the gunmen. At least three people were wounded, including bystanders.
Iraqi authorities have blamed insurgents for carrying out such attacks to finance their operations.
Also in Baghdad, police say bombs hidden on cars killed two people and wounded at least eight. In the town of Baaj, northwest of Baghdad, police say a soldier died in a blast near a military convoy.
Some information for this report was provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.