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Suspected Insurgents Attack Baghdad Bridge Again

(RFE/RL) May 17, 2007 -- Iraqi police say suspected insurgents set off a bomb near a bridge in southeastern Baghdad today, killing at least two civilians.

It's the second attack on the bridge within one week. On May 11, a large fuel truck drove toward a checkpoint at the new Diyala Bridge and the driver blew up his vehicle, killing about a dozen people.

The bridge, which crosses the Diyala River, a Tigris tributary, was damaged.

Meanwhile, a U.S. Embassy official said today that two people were killed on May 16 when mortars hit Baghdad's heavily fortified Green Zone.

U.S.-Iran Talks

In other news, Iranian Foreign Minister Manuchehr Mottaki has said that Iranian and U.S. officials will meet in Iraq on May 28 to discuss security in Iraq.

Mottaki told a news conference in the Pakistani capital, Islamabad, that "negotiation is limited to Iraq, in Iraq, and will start in the presence of Iraqi officials." He said the talks will be at the level of ambassador.

The United States has so far made no announcement.

(Reuters, AP)

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