Blast Demolishes UN Headquarters in Iraq

(New York Times) - A suicide bomber drove a cement mixer full of explosives into the side of the UN compound in Baghdad Tuesday, killing 20 people and wounding at least 100. The compound was filled with hundreds of people responsible for an array of relief duties in Iraq. Among the dead was Sergio Vieira de Mello, 55, the UN secretary general's special representative in Iraq, and Rick Hooper, the UN's chief expert on Arab affairs. A World Bank official in Washington said five of its employees were missing. Also missing was Arthur Helton, a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York, who was scheduled to meet with Mr. Vieira de Mello at the time of the bombing.

2003-08-20 00:00:00

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