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Baghdad Curfew Lifted After Decade

Celebrations have erupted in Baghdad after the government lifted a nighttime curfew.

People took to the streets of the Iraqi capital after midnight on February 8 for the first time in a decade.

The curfew has largely been in place since 2004, in response to the growing sectarian violence that engulfed Iraq after the U.S.-led invasion a year earlier.

But five blasts across Baghdad on February 7 dampened Iraqis' anticipation of a more relaxed and accessible capital.

At least 40 people, mostly civilians, were killed in the explosions, security and medical sources said, and dozens more were wounded.

The bloodiest attack took place in the capital's New Baghdad neighborhood, where a suicide bomber detonated his explosives in a busy street, killing 22 people.

Islamic State militants claimed the attack, saying their bomber targeted Shi'ites.

Based on reporting by AFP and AP