Fourteen people were killed in southwestern Baghdad on Tuesday when more than 10 gunmen stormed jewelry stores, and a gunman was killed later in clashes between police and the robbers, police said.
Most of the victims were jewelers, officials said, adding that gunmen managed to flee the area after they had stolen gold and cash from 11 stores.
Officials said the gunmen also planted bombs near the stores in order to create chaos so they could flee the area easily.
Iraqi security forces arrived on scene at the Bayaa neighborhood and sealed off the area.
After the robberies, attackers and police battled in a different location in Bayaa. A gunman was slain and four police were wounded.