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Latest update : 2008-11-29

Two foreign UN workers were killed and another 15 wounded in a dawn mortar attack on Baghdad's high-security Green Zone, a UN official said early on Saturday.

AFP  -  Two foreign UN contractors were killed and another 15 wounded when a mortar round slammed into Baghdad's heavily-guarded Green Zone on Saturday, a UN official said.
   
The two killed in the dawn attack were foreign maintenance workers contracted by the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI), according to the official, who spoke to AFP on condition of anonymity.
   
Of the 15 people wounded in the attack, seven were in serious condition, the official said, raising fears the death toll could rise further.
   
The heavily-fortified Green Zone in the centre of Baghdad houses the Iraqi parliament and a number of government buildings and foreign embassies.
   
The United Nations dramatically scaled down its presence in Iraq after a suicide truck bombing against its headquarters in 2003 killed 22 people, including its top Iraq envoy Sergio Vieira de Mello.

Date created : 2008-11-29

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