Blasts hit Baghdad bridges

At least 22 people are killed and 60 wounded in two co-ordinated suicide attacks.

    Authorities have stepped up security on Baghdad's bridges recently following a spate of attacks [AFP]

    Security increased

    The two bridges over the Diyala River, a tributary of the Tigris, are commonly used by Shia pilgrims on their way to the holy Shia cities of Najaf and Kerbala to the south.

    Last month, a truck bomb destroyed the Sarafiya Bridge in Baghdad, sending several cars crashing into the Tigris river.

    Days later a suicide car bomber blew himself up on a ramp leading to another bridge in Baghdad.

    As a result, city authorities banned trucks weighing more than 1.5 metric tonnes from all but two bridges across the river.

    SOURCE: Agencies


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