Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki on Tuesday (June 5th) instructed security forces from the interior and defence ministries to protect religious sites across Iraq.
The move followed Monday's suicide bombing that targeted the Shia endowment headquarters in Baghdad and killed at least 25 people.
Al-Maliki "has ordered the security agencies, in all their configurations, to provide mosques, husseiniats, churches, places of worship for Iraq's other religions, holy shrines and religious institutions with protection," said Ali al-Dabbagh, spokesperson for the Iraqi government.
"The decision aims to counter attempts by terrorist groups to incite sectarian strife within the country and create chaos among all members of Iraqi society," he told Al-Shorfa.
"The government urges all Iraqis to stand against the plans of al-Qaeda and takfiri forces in order to divide their ranks," he said.
A high-level investigation has been opened into the bombing to identify those involved and bring them to justice, al-Dabbagh added.