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U.N. TEAM SEEKS PROTECTION AFTER ATTACK ON PAIR

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U.N. weapons inspectors are asking for more police protection after Iraqi youths splashed two German members of their staff with diesel fuel on a Baghdad street.

The two were unharmed in the attack Sunday but were smoking cigarettes at the time, and "it was just good luck that they escaped," said Kevin St. Louis, the chief officer of the U.N. Special Commission in Baghdad."Had the diesel caught fire, it could have been terrible," St. Louis told reporters. There was no immediate comment from the Iraqi government.

St. Louis said the two Germans, part of the U.N.'s helicopter unit, were walking from the Sheraton to the adjoining Palestine hotel.

The United Nations has 271 expatriate staff members in Iraq, about 160 of them in the capital alone.

St. Louis said he protested to the Foreign Ministry after the attack, asking for police protection. "In the past rocks have been thrown at us. There have been several types of attacks, but the latest attack is serious."