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  Top UN man in Iraq killed in explosion
Updated 19 August 2003, 20.03
The building was destroyed by the bomb blast
The top United Nations man in Iraq, envoy Sergio Vieira de Mello, has been killed after a huge bomb exploded in Baghdad.

It went off outside the UN's base in the Iraqi capital, and killed at least 17 UN members of staff and Iraqis as well.

UN envoy Sergio Vieira de Mello
UN envoy Sergio Vieira de Mello
Many people were also injured in the blast, which destroyed a big part of the UN's building in Baghdad.

A US military spokesman said they thought the explosion was a car or truck bomb - perhaps in a suicide attack.

De Mello, 55, died after being trapped in the rubble of the building for a number of hours.

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The UN is an independent organisation, which means isn't linked to any one country, but lots of people see it as a US body, which may be why it was attacked.

Rescue workers are still searching for survivors in the rubble.

In recent weeks water and oil pipelines have also been attacked in Iraq.

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