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UN Office in Baghdad Attacked

January 3, 1998

BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) _ Rocket-propelled grenades have been fired at the headquarters of the U.N. arms inspectors in Baghdad, the Iraqi government said Saturday.

The Information Ministry did not say when the attack occurred, but the American television station Cable News Network said two grenades were fired late Friday.

The assailants were not identified. However, a ministry spokesman blamed ``parties which do not want stable relationship between Iraq and U.N. weapons inspectors.″

No one was injured in the attack and damage was minor, CNN reported. One grenade shattered a window in the cafeteria, which was deserted at the time.

The attack follows two months of tension between the Iraqi government and the United Nations over U.N.-mandated weapons inspections. The world body has demanded that inspectors have access to some 60 sites throughout Iraq that Baghdad has declared off limits.

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