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Last Updated: Wednesday, 12 November, 2003, 20:44 GMT
In pictures: Nasiriya blast
Scene from the blast
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A suicide bomb attack on an Italian police base in the southern Iraqi town of Nasiriya has left more than 26 dead
Wreckage of a suspected lorry that carried the explosives
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An explosive-laden lorry crashed the gates of the compound - the first attack on Italian peacekeepers
Scene of the blast
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Terrified passers-by fled the scene of explosion which occurred shortly before 1100 local time (0800 GMT)
Scene of the blast
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Rescue teams and fire engines rushed to the scene and the area was immediately sealed off
Scene of the explosion
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The entire front of the three-storey office was blown up by the powerful blast
Scene of the blast
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Italian soldiers later set up a barbed-wire barricade around the compound
An injured Iraqi man
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US-led coalition officials and hospital sources said eight Iraqis were also killed and dozens wounded in the blast

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