14 killed in Iraq despite heightened security measures
BAGHDAD (AP) -- A handful of attacks in Iraq have killed at least 14 people despite heightened security for an upcoming meeting of the Arab world's top leaders.
A pre-dawn attack by militants just north of Baghdad in the city of Tarmiyah left three police officers dead. A half hour and a few miles away, gunmen killed two officers in a drive-by shooting. Nine people were killed by robbers a few hours later in Baghdad in the robbery of a gold market.
An Iraqi defense official says thousands of soldiers and policemen from across the country have been pulled to the capital. They hope to thwart militant attempts to attack the annual Arab League summit that is scheduled for the end of the month.
But a Baghdad furniture seller says "fear seems endless."
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