Photos of the grisly scene circulated on social media showing a bullet-riddled police car and an unmarked truck, along with officers’ bodies scattered out along the street or still inside the car.
It occurred in the vicinity of Tergever, some 16 kilometres (10 miles) from Iran's far northwestern border with Turkey. Iran's West Azerbaijan province also borders Iraqi Kurdistan.
A police report said the thieves left with about 750kg of gold and other precious metals, along with two airport workers taken as hostages, and remained at large.
Gunmen shot dead 13 people at a bar in the city of Minatitlan in the Mexican Gulf coast state of Veracruz, authorities said on Friday, in one of the worst slayings to hit Mexico since President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador took office.
The Taliban denied any involvement in the attack. While no other group immediately claimed responsibility, Daesh militants frequently orchestrate assaults on the country's religious minorities.
On Thursday, armed protesters demonstrated against Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s stay-at-home orders. They carried guns and demanded that state police let them on the House floor, effectively storming the Capitol with firearms in order to threaten their local politicians. Friday morning, Michigan representatives went to work wearing bulletproof vests — all because they chose to try and protect their citizens during an unprecedented pandemic.
The attacks came against the backdrop of renewed UN calls for an end to violence and as Washington’s special peace envoy, Zalmay Khalilzad, embarked on another round of talks with the Taliban to press them to start negotiating with the newly reconciled Afghan political leadership in Kabul.
Gunmen opened fire on a convoy of buses carrying minority Muslim voters in northwest Sri Lanka on Saturday, hours before polling in presidential elections got under way, police said.
Five people were killed in an extremist attack on a hotel in Somalia's capital Mogadishu, police said on Wednesday, adding that the victims were three civilians and two members of the security forces.