ABC news anchor cheats death in Iraq

Jan. 24, 2007 at 9:20 AM

BAGHDAD, Jan. 24 (UPI) -- The news anchor of ABC's "Good Morning America" show, Chris Cuomo, survived a Baghdad bomb blast while riding with U.S. military police.

The 36-year-old son of former New York governor Mario Cuomo was in an armored Humvee, one of four responding to a call about a burning police car on Tuesday.

At the scene, police spotted bodies lying on the road, which had been booby-trapped, Cuomo said.

"It rocked the entire vehicle, blew out the tires on two of the vehicles, destroyed much of the glass, rocked the vehicles in a very, very big way," Cuomo said. "A piece of shrapnel was barely stopped by this armored door. It came within fractions of an inch of going through the entire vehicle."

In a telephone interview with The Washington Post, Cuomo said he was amazed at the calm professionalism of the troops he was with when their disabled vehicles came under small-arms fire.

"I know if I had been there with any other group of individuals, I would not be able to have this conversation," he said.

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