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In Syria, Roadside Bomb Explodes Near UN Convoy

A convoy of the United Nations observer mission in Syria has narrowly missed being hit by a roadside bomb.

The bomb exploded near a Syrian military convoy that was escorting the convoy carrying UN observer mission chief Major General Robert Mood and 11 other UN monitors.

Reports say the UN convoy passed just seconds before the blast outside the southern city of Daraa.

At least six Syrian soldiers were injured in the explosion.

Speaking to reporters afterward, Mood said the incident was "a graphic example of violence that the Syrian people do not need."

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon later strongly condemned the bombing, saying, "this incident demonstrates the difficult and challenging conditions under which our United Nations observers are operating."

The UN has authorized 300 monitors be sent to Syria, and 70 have so far been deployed.

UN-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan warned at the UN in New York on May 8 that Syria is on the verge of a "civil war."

Based on reporting by AP, Reuters, and AFP