Near-Miss for ABC News Anchor in Iraq Roadside Bombing

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ABC news anchor Chris Cuomo was unhurt Tuesday after the convoy of military police he was riding with in Iraq was struck by a roadside bomb.

Some of the soldiers suffered minor injuries in the attack, ABC said. The convoy of four heavily armored Humvees was going to check a report of a burning vehicle in northwest Baghdad when booby-trapped bodies left by the side of the road exploded.

The vehicles returned to safety following a small arms battle, and Cuomo reported on the attack on “Good Morning America,” where he is the news anchor.

“If these vehicles did not have the armor that they did, this situation could have turned out very differently,” Cuomo said. A hubcap-sized piece of shrapnel shattered glass but was stopped by the armor in the vehicle in front of him, he said.

Another ABC News anchor, Bob Woodruff, was seriously injured by a roadside bomb in Iraq on Jan. 29, 2006. He will tell his story in a prime-time ABC special next month.

While ABC is continually reassessing the safety of its journalists in Iraq, the network believes it’s important to tell the story of what American military personnel go through every day, ABC News spokesman Jeffrey Schneider said.

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