Insurgents bomb second Baghdad bridge
For the second time in a week, insurgents have hit a major Baghdad bridge with a car bomb.
While the Saturday morning blast did not knock down the Jadriyah bridge in southern Baghdad, 10 people were killed and at least 15 others were injured.
The extent of damage to the structure was unclear, but no parts of it collapsed, Iraqi police said.
The bridge connects a section of Baghdad slightly west and south of the Green Zone. Baghdad University is near the eastern end, and the Qadisiyah district is near the western end.
A similar attack Thursday on the northern al-Sarafiya bridge killed 11 people and caused two large sections of the bridge to collapse into the Tigris River below.
While Iraqi and U.S. officials have not said there was a connection between the attacks, reports last week said insurgents were trying to limit the mobility of Baghdad residents, U.S. troops and Iraqi security forces.
The two-month-old Baghdad security plan has flooded the city with U.S. and Iraqi troops. While the troops have succeeded in driving down the number of sectarian attacks and reprisals, large-scale bombings have continued. Attacks on American and Iraqi security forces have also increased, officials have said.
Earlier Saturday, the U.S. military said it had arrested 17 suspected terrorists, including an unnamed ï¿½al-Qaida in Iraq military emir.ï¿½
The arrests were made near Taji, Baghdad and Amiriyah, officials said.