Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has ordered a night-time curfew in place in Baghdad for years to be lifted beginning on Saturday.

The announcement came after Mr Abadi was briefed by security services.

Iraq has long used curfews to try to curb violence, and analysts say the latest move marks a major policy shift.

While Baghdad is still hit by regular suicide bombings, the threat to the capital from Islamic State (IS) militants is viewed to have subsided.

Iraq’s army is battling IS militants who have seized large swathes of territory outside of Baghdad.

In the city itself, at least 10 people were killed as a series of explosions rocked the capital on Tuesday.

The night-time curfew has been in place since 2004, says BBC Arabic.

The prime minister, who came to power in September 2014, has also ordered the reopening of several major streets in the city.

The decision was taken “in order to facilitate the movement of citizens”, according to a government statement.

via BBC News – Baghdad curfew ended by Iraq PM Haider al-Abadi.