At least 20 people were killed in two bombs in Baghdad Monday, police said, a day after the Iraqi capital’s decade-long nighttime curfew was lifted.
A suicide bomber blew himself up at a restaurant in the north Baghdad district of Kadhimyah, a Shiite area, a police officer told NBC News. Eighteen people were killed and 33 others injured, according to the officer.
In the second attack, an IED exploded in the Husseinyah area, in the northeast of the city, close to a Shiite mosque. Two people were killed and six injured, the officer said.
The bombs came after at least 37 people were killed in attacks on Saturday. Despite the violence, revelers and security forces poured onto the streets overnight Sunday as the curfew for security was lifted.
The midnight to 5 a.m. restriction had been in place since 2004 — an attempt to minimize danger to Baghdad's residents amid an upsurge in sectarian violence following the U.S.-led invasion in 2003.