Iraq Curfew Extended Another Day
Feb. 24, 2006
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) _ The Iraqi government has ordered the daytime curfew to be extended for a second straight day in Baghdad and three neighboring provinces, state television said.
The 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. curfew will remain in effect in Baghdad and the provinces of Diyala, Salaheddin and Babil _ the same areas were the daytime movement ban was in force Friday to curb sectarian violence.
The station quoted a statement by Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari as saying the decision was taken because of ``extraordinary circumstances that our beloved country is passing through.''
The daytime curfew was imposed to stop a wave of sectarian violence following the Wednesday bombing of the Golden Mosque in Samarra, revered by Shiites. The blast, which destroyed the mosque's famed golden dome, triggered a wave of attacks by Shiitews against Sunni mosques and clerics forcing the country to the brink of civil war.
Friday and Saturday are the Iraqi weekend and many workers have those days off anyway.