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  At least 25 killed in Iraq blast
Updated 12 November 2003, 13.10
Italian police officer on duty in Iraq
At least 25 people have been killed in a bomb blast outside a base for Italian police officers in the southern Iraqi city of Nasiriya.

The dead include 14 Italian police officers and soldiers, plus eight Iraqi people, officials say.

More than 2,000 Italians have been sent to Iraq to help rebuild the country following the end of the war.

It's thought that suicide bombers blew up a car outside the Italian police's headquarters in the city.

The blast destroyed part of the building and several people were thought to be trapped under the rubble.

The Italian president described the bombing as a "terrorist act".

The bombing victims were the first Italians to be killed in combat since the start of the Iraq conflict.

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