Curfew extended for a second straight day in Iraq

(Baghdad, Iraq-AP) February 25, 2006 - The daytime curfew in and around Baghdad is going to be extended for another day.

State televisions there says the curfew will remain in effect in the capital and in three neighboring provinces.

A statement by Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari says the decision was made because of the "extraordinary circumstances" in Iraq.

The curfew was put in place to try and stop violence against Sunni mosques and clerics.

The attacks followed Wednesday's bombing of the Golden Mosque in Samarra, a site revered by Shiites.

A roadside bomb in Samarra Friday killed two police officers ten minutes after the daytime curfew expired.

South of Baghdad, officials say gunmen fired two rockets into a village that's home to a sacred Shiite tomb. There are no casualties and there's been no damage to the shrine.

Posted 12:23am by Chantelle Janelle