Baghdad, 1 November 2003 (RFE/RL) -- Two Americans were killed and two others were wounded today when a roadside bomb exploded in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul. It was not immediately clear whether the victims were U.S. soldiers or civilians. United Nations international staff left Baghdad today for Cyprus for talks whether they can operate in the Iraqi capital. Another 40 UN international staff are still in Irbil in the north of Iraq, where security is better. Some 4,000 Iraqi staff throughout the country are keeping UN programs running.
In another development, AP reported that an oil pipeline was on fire today near the northern town of Tikrit, following a suspected sabotage.
Reports say Baghdad appears paralyzed following rumors and leaflets distributed in the city by unknown groups calling for "days of resistance" today and tomorrow and a three-day general strike to protest the occupation of Iraq.
A statement issued yesterday by the U.S. consular office in Baghdad cited the possibility of attacks in the country.