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Blast at UN offices kills two as diplomacy on post-war Iraq steps up

An apparent suicide blast outside the already bombed-out UN headquarters here killed two people and rocked an already precarious security situation, as diplomatic efforts pressed on to stabilise Iraq. The latest bombing, which UN and US officials said killed an Iraqi security guard and the bomber, and wounded 17, is to be investigated by the US Federal Bureau of Investigation and Iraqi police. It was the second blast at the UN offices in less than a month following an August 19 truck bombing that killed 22 people, including top UN envoy Sergio Vieira de Mello. Captain Sean Kirley, a US military spokesman, said the assailant, apparently wearing an explosive belt, seemed intent on striking the UN offices in the Canal Hotel. Full Story

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