UN Chief Ban Ki-Moon Unhurt After Ducking Baghdad Blast

** The BBC has video (HERE) of the UN Chief Ban Ki-moon ducking behind the podium in Baghdad after a blast hit inside the Green Zone during his press conference.

This was the first trip to Baghdad by the new UN Chief.

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (R) speaks during a news conference with Iraq’s Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki in Baghdad in this March 22, 2007 image taken from video footage. Ban held talks with Iraqi leaders on a five-year reconstruction plan unveiled last week as he made his first visit to Iraq since taking office in January. The noise of a loud explosion briefly interrupted the news conference which was being held in Maliki’s residence in the heavily fortified Green Zone. (REUTERS/Iraqi TV)

Peek-a-boo! UN Chief Ban Ki-Moon ducks at the podium.

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon reacts to the noise from a loud explosion during a news conference with Iraq’s Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki in Baghdad in this March 22, 2007 image taken from video footage. (Reuters)

The BBC reports:

A news conference by the head of the UN and Iraq’s prime minister has been interrupted by a loud explosion sending debris falling from the ceiling.
Speaking in Baghdad’s Green Zone, Ban Ki-moon was seen to flinch behind his podium and he appeared shaken by the nearby blast of a mortar or rocket.

Within minutes the two men finished their news conference. They were clearly unhurt by the blast.

Witnesses said a missile had landed about 50 metres from the building.

The conference resumed after the blast!


Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki was unfazed by the blast.

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