Iraqi traffic officers get AK-47s.

Traffic police in Iraq will soon have assault rifles to…

Traffic police in Iraq will soon have assault rifles to help them do their jobs after a spate of attacks against them by insurgents.

Iraq is arming its traffic officers with AK-47 assault rifles because more and more are being killed or wounded by militants.

In the past five days alone in Baghdad, five traffic officers have been killed and 19 have been wounded, either by bombs or by gunmen using silenced weapons.

Some officers believe militants are targeting them to incite chaos in Iraq and authorities say terrorists shoot them because they are an easy target.

Police chiefs are now equipping officers with a rifle at every intersection.

Source: Anne Barker for ABC.net.au.

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