Blast collapses Baghdad bridge – Conflict in Iraq

Odd that infrastrutcure is now being targeted. The insurgents new tactics have been quite puzzling to me lately.

Blast collapses Baghdad bridge – Conflict in Iraq – MSNBC.com

Iraq – A suicide truck bomb exploded on a major bridge in Baghdad early Thursday, collapsing the steel structure and sending cars toppling into the Tigris River below, police and witnesses said. At least 10 people were killed.

Hospital officials said another 26 were injured, and police were trying to rescue as many as 20 people whose cars plummeted off the al-Sarafiya bridge.

Waves lapped up against twisted girders sinking into the water, as police patrol boats searched for survivors. Scuba divers donned flippers and waded in from the banks of the Tigris, as U.S. helicopters whirred overhead.

Farhan al-Sudani, a 34-year-old Shiite businessman who lives near the bridge, said the blast woke him at dawn.

“A huge explosion shook our house and I thought it would demolish our house. Me and my wife jumped immediately from our bed, grabbed our three kids and took them outside,” he said.

The al-Sarafiya bridge connected two northern Baghdad neighborhoods — Waziriyah, a mostly Sunni enclave, and Utafiyah, a Shiite area.

Police said the attack was by a suicide truck bomber, but Associated Press Television News footage showed the bridge broken apart in two places — perhaps the result of two blasts.

‘One of Baghdad’s monuments’
Cement pilings that support the bridge’s steel structure were left crumbling. At the base of one of them laid a charred vehicle engine, believed to be that of the truck bomb.

“We were astonished more when we saw the extent of damage,” said Ahmed Abdul-Karim, 45, who also lives near the bridge. “I was standing in my garden and I saw the smoke and flying debris.”

Locals said the al-Sarafiya bridge is believed to be at least 75 years old, built by the British in the early part of the 20th century.

“It is one of Baghdad’s monuments. This is really damaging for Iraq. We are losing a lot of our history every day,” Abdul-Karim said.

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3 Comments

  1. Puzzling indeed as you say, why would the insurgents blow up a bridge that connects Shia and Sunni areas, and once again shoot themselves in the proverbial foot.

    The question I asked is ‘who gains?’ – The US forces gain, as it helps forth the plans to reduce Iraq into small states (statelets) that are easier managed. And this appears to have been the plan for quite a while now.

    And many witnesses saw US Army helicopters fire missiles at the bridge. Suicide bombers = cover story…

    Check this article out, much food for thought. Thanks.

  2. Puzzling indeed. Look at the bridge and consider whether or not it looks like a truck bomb brought it down.

    A more likely explanation is that someone wired the bridge with explosives. This raises the more important question about who was responsible for security at the bridge? Are there permanent security forces assigned to the various bridges? Do they operate 24-7? Who was in charge of the Sarafiya bridge before it was brought down? Key questions.

    http://noquarter.typepad.com/my_weblog/2007/04/why_not_the_tru.html


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