Explosion Rocks Iraqi Parliament

Blast in Green Zone, killiing two MPs, comes hours after bridge attack
By Sam Gale Rosen,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 12, 2007 7:39 AM CDT
This image from APTN television shows damage to the al-Sarafiya bridge connecting two northern Baghdad neighborhoods _ Azamiyah, a mostly Sunni enclave, and Bab al-Muazam, a mixed area Thursday April...   (Associated Press)

(Newser) – An explosion hit a restaurant inside the Iraqi parliament in Baghdad today, killing two members of parliament, wounding dozens and creating chaos in the capitol. The blast occurred when many MPs were having lunch, on a day when parliament was in session. The parliament building is deep within Baghdad's heavily fortified Green Zone.

Earlier in the day, a truck bomb caused a bridge to collapse into the Tigris, killing at least seven, including four policemen, and causing massive disruption. "There is a conspiracy to isolate the two halves of Baghdad," said Speaker Mahmoud Mashhadani of the attack.