War on Baghdad: Blasts kill 36 on Saturday; 62 in last 10 days

War on Baghdad: Blasts kill 36 on Saturday; 62 in last 10 days

Explosions killed at least 36 people in Baghdad on Saturday, hours before the government planned to lift a nighttime curfew because of what officials had said was improved security.

Instead, Baghdad faced one of its bloodiest days in months. By about 2 p.m., blasts from planted devices and explosives set off by a suicide bomber had torn through markets and commercial strips in three neighborhoods, according to the Interior Ministry. At least 70 people were wounded, officials said.

With the attacks on Saturday, at least 62 people have been killed in Baghdad over the past 10 days. …

The curfew, which has been lifted at times over the years only to be reinstated, had most recently been in force daily from midnight to 5 a.m., constricting the capital’s night life but also anyone trying to carry out routine or emergency tasks, like hospital visits. …

Mr. Abadi also imposed new restrictions on people carrying weapons, barring them from entering several neighborhoods.

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