Monday, June 11, 2007

Military: 3 soldiers killed in yesterday's suicide bombing and bridge collapse

Above: Scene of yesterday's attack, where 3 troops died. Dressed in black are employees of the private 'security' company Armor Group.

BAGHDAD — Three American soldiers guarding a vital bridge over one of Baghdad’s main highways were killed when a suicide bomber detonated his truck next to a support pillar and the span collapsed into shattered concrete, the U.S. military said Monday.

Bulldozers and other heavy equipment struggled Monday to clear the road — the Iraqi capital’s main north-south artery. An Iraqi interpreter also was wounded in the attack Sunday six miles east of Mahmoudiya, according to the statement that gave the casualty toll.

U.S. armored vehicles provided cover fire from their cannons after the bombing, which occurred in the area dubbed the “triangle of death” for its frequent Sunni insurgent attacks.

Read the rest at Army Times

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