Iraqi Shopkeepers turn guns on insurgents
The Taipei Times ^
Posted on 03/24/2005 3:26:28 PM EST
IRAQ: Residents and store owners in one Baghdad neighborhood responded with gunfire of their own when insurgents began shooting at customers yesterday
AP , BAGHDAD, IRAQ Thursday, Mar 24, 2005
Shopkeepers and residents on one of Baghdad's main streets pulled out their own guns and killed three insurgents when hooded men began shooting at passers-by, giving a rare victory to civilians increasingly frustrated by the violence bleeding Iraq.
The clash on Tuesday in the capital's southern Doura neighborhood erupted when militants in three cars sprayed bullets at shoppers, Interior Ministry officials said. Three people -- a man, a woman and a child -- were wounded.
The motive was unclear, but there have been previous attacks in the ethnically mixed neighborhood. Earlier in the day, gunmen in the same quarter killed a policeman as he drove to work, police Lieutenant Colonel Hafidh Al-Ghrayri said.
A forceful citizen response is rare, but not unheard of in a country where conflict has become commonplace and the law allows each home to have a weapon. Earlier this month, police said townsmen in Wihda, 40km south of Baghdad, attacked a group of militants believed planning to raid the town and killed seven.