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Vehicle bombs target bridges
By Multi-National Division - Baghdad PAO
May 11, 2007 - 6:00:52 PM
Blackanthem Military News, FORWARD OPERATING BASE LOYALTY and CAMP TAJI,-- 10 people were killed and 53 wounded when separate vehicle-borne improvised explosive devices detonated on three bridges around Baghdad May 11.
The first two vehicle bombs detonated just minutes apart at approximately 5:55 p.m..
Initial reports for the first blast indicate a fuel truck detonated about one-third of the way across the Diyala River Bridge southeast of Karadah, igniting multiple vehicles. Seven people are reported killed and 31 injured.
The bridge span remains intact but requires an assessment of usability.
Reports for the second blast indicate a yellow dump truck traveling southbound on bridge, also southeast of Karadah, exploded killing three people, including three Iraqi Army Soldiers, and wounding 22 others including seven Iraqi Army Soldiers.
An estimated 15-foot section of the bridge has fallen in the river.
Firefighters arrived to battle the blaze, which had spread to several cars while Iraqi security forces and Soldiers with the 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, the 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team responded to each of these blasts and sealed off both areas.
The more seriously wounded were transported immediately to Medical City and other local hospitals for treatment. Meanwhile, other wounded were treated by coalition. and Iraqi forces.
A third vehicle bomb detonated on a bridge located on a major highway north of Baghdad around 8 p.m.
The explosion just, south of Taji, caused significant damage to the bridge making it impassable for northbound traffic on Highway 1.
There are no reports of casualties for this incident.
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