Blasts Kill 27 in Baghdad Commercial District Attacks

© AFP 2022 / SABAH ARARIraqi police clear pedestrians of a street after a suicide bomber detonated explosives inside a restaurant in Baghdad al-Jadida, east of the capital, on February 7, 2015
Iraqi police clear pedestrians of a street after a suicide bomber detonated explosives inside a restaurant in Baghdad al-Jadida, east of the capital, on February 7, 2015 - Sputnik International
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Weekend attacks on market districts continue as Iraq experiences a resurgence of violence, and the prime minister announces an end to the decade-long curfew intended to restrain it.

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At least 27 people were killed as a result of twin suicide bombings in Baghdad, one of them outside of a restaurant, AFP reports.

According to the AP, the first bombing took place outside of a street in the New Baghdad district, where at least 13 were killed and more than 30 were injured. According to Reuters, the second blast struck a restaurant in the Sharqa market district, killing at least five and wounding at least 13.

On Saturday, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi ordered to end a curfew that has been in force in Baghdad for several years due to constant bombings and militant attacks.

The incident follows twin bombings on Baghdad restaurants on January 25, which killed 15 people and a market bombing on January 30 in which at least 44 were killed..

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The prime minister has sent an order instructing the city’s law enforcement authorities to lift the curfew on Saturday, according to the news outlet.

The curfew was imposed by Baghdad authorities in the wake of growing tensions in the city due to constant terrorist attacks in the capital.

The curfew's hours have been changing over the years, but the previous order saw it being enforced from midnight to 05:00 a.m.

According to the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI), 1375 people were killed in January 2015 as a result of extremist violence in Iraq. The situation is considered to be the most dire in Baghdad, where 256 civilians were killed and over 700 were injured, United Nations representatives noted.

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