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FBI: Iraq Bomb Made From Old Munitions

The truck bomb that devastated the U.N. headquarters here was a crude combination of explosives from Saddam Hussein’s old military arsenal, including a giant 500-pound bomb, an FBI investigator said Wednesday. But U.S. and Iraqi officials said it was too early to say who was behind the attack — Saddam loyalists or foreign terrorists. The toll stood at 20 killed, including U.N. chief envoy Sergio Vieira de Mello, and was expected to climb higher because officials said more bodies were trapped in the rubble of the three-story Canal Hotel. The hunt for Saddam continued with a raid Wednesday night on a farmhouse in the northern town of Abbarah, where an informant told U.S. forces the ousted dictator was hiding. But the tip proved false or late: Soldiers captured five men in the farmhouse, owned by a Saddam loyalist, but Saddam was not among them. The men were being questioned. Full Story

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