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Security council issues new guidelines following bombings in Baghdad

PM:05:52:17/01/2022

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SULAIMANI — Outgoing Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi chaired an emergency meeting of the Ministerial Council for National Security on Monday (January 17) following the bombings on Sunday evening that struck in central Baghdad.

The council announced in a statement that strict measures will be put in place "to end such acts of sabotage that threaten public security in the country.”

The statement warned security heads whose sectors were subjected to breaches will be reviewed and those who were proven negligent will be held accountable.

The council issued security guidelines for Baghdad to be followed later on in the rest of the country:

1. Motorcycles are restricted to one rider at a time and are restricted from the streets between the hours of 6pm to 6am. This is a reiteration of a previous guideline.

2. Government vehicles are restricted from travel after working hours without a permission slip.

3. Financial rewards will be set for any citizen who reports suspicious activity.

4. Shop owners must place security cameras in their workplaces.

Simultaneous explosions targeting two Kurdish-owned banks in Baghdad’s Karrada district struck on Sunday evening, injuring two people.

Sound bombs exploded at Cihan bank near the National Theater and Kurdistan Bank near al-Wathiq Square, Security Media Cell announced in a statement, also noting two civilians sustained minor injuries.

The United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) issued a statement on Sunday night condemning the bombings and calling on authorities "to hold the perpetrators accountable.”

(NRT Digital Media)