Iraq is to close its borders with Syria and Iran and extend the hours of a curfew in Baghdad. The measures are part of a U.S.-backed security plan to rein in violence in the capital.
They were announced on state television by the Iraqi commander leading the security offensive in Baghdad, Lieutenant-General Abboud Qanbar. The border with Iran and Syria will be closed for 72 hours though the commander did not say when.
Baghdad’s night vehicle curfew now begins three hours earlier, at 8pm rather than 11pm.
The changes follow Monday’s bombings in two wholesale markets in Baghdad which killed at
least 77 people and injured scores more.
Violence has continued with a suicide bomber killing 18 people near a Baghdad college.