Baghdad blast at UN headquarters hits close to home
The bombing at the UN headquarters in Iraq has hit close to home for a Westchester family. As communication director for top UN envoy, Salim Lone survived the blast but sadly his boss didn't. The Briarcliff Manor man was in his office when the bomb went off. The blast killed Sergio Viera de Mello and more than 20 others.
Salim Lone's family is certainly glad he's OK. But relatives say they will be even more relieved when he returns home to Briarcliff Manor sometime next week.
His wife Patricia said the windows of the building were blown into his office by the blast. She said he had just moved to the center of the office before the blast occurred. If he would have been sitting at his desk, he would have been hit with flying glass.
Lone and others have since been evacuated from Iraq, but family members say he'll probably go back. Patricia says before her husband or any other UN member returns to Iraq, she thinks they will have to seriously re-evaluate how the UN will carry out its work there.