Gunmen Kill 5 Iraqi Oil Workers, Steal Payroll

BAGHDAD (AP) - A brazen attack in Iraq, where gunmen ambushed a
car with five oil refinery employees carrying the company payroll.

Officials say the gunmen killed the employees, then fled with $300,000 in cash.

The incident comes a day after gunmen in western Baghdad held up a car with five employees of the Veterinary Collage outside a bank. They gunmen got away with a $600,000 payroll. There were no casualties.

A series of bank robberies and attacks on gold jewelers and money changers have occurred over the past several weeks across Iraq. The attacks are raising suspicions that al-Qaida-linked insurgents could be replenishing their coffers for future attacks.

While violence has subsided significantly in Iraq since 2008, attacks still occur on a daily basis across the country as the U.S. military ends its combat mission next week.

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