Jewelry stores in al-Mansour neighborhood in Baghdad were covered with black banners on October 19th, displaying the names of the victims who were killed two days earlier in an armed attack.
Funerals were held in the hall of the Muslim Brothers Association in al-Mansour neighborhood with remarkable attendance by citizens who expressed anger over the terrorists' bloody attack.
"What law, what Sharia, and what religion would allow the killing of a human being and the theft of their money unlawfully?" said Firas Seif Adin, 23, a relative of one of the victims.
"My relative was an example of a hard-working Iraqi citizen," Seif Adin said. "He was trying to support his children and the children of his brother, who was also killed by terrorism."
Unknown gunmen attacked a number of jewelry stores in al-Mansour neighborhood on Sunday (October 17th), killing three jewelers and three policemen.
Maj. Saad al-Ghariri of the Federal Police in al-Karkh side of Baghdad told Mawtani that the gunmen were carrying hand grenades and machines guns when they attacked the jewelry stores at 4:00 p.m. Sunday.
"The gunmen opened fire indiscriminately toward the stores before storming them, killing three citizens and wounding three others," al-Ghariri said.
When the security forces arrived on the scene, they engaged the gunmen for several minutes. Three policemen and two of the gang members were killed in the ensuing shootout, while four gang members were arrested, including one who was wounded.
Al-Ghariri said the remaining gang members, estimated at 15, managed to escape with a large quantity of gold jewelry and money. The police are now chasing them based on information collected by the police's criminal investigation team.
"If it had not been for the security forces who stormed the scene and engaged the criminals, many other citizens would have been killed," al-Ghariri said. "The security forces prevented the gang members from storming the other stores."
According to Baghdad Operations Command, the initial investigations into the attack showed that al-Qaeda was involved and that the escaped attackers remained near the area of the attack. Security forces are now cordoning the area.
Noura Sabah, 31, a Baghdad resident, praised the work of the security forces.
"These cowardly acts show how much we need brave and loyal security forces. If it had not been for the intervention of the police and army forces, the terrorists would have continued to walk and open fire in the direction of owners of these stores until they killed them all," she said.
"The terrorists are never satisfied with the smell of blood."