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One Killed In Jordanian Missile Attacks

19 August 2005 (RFE/RL) -- Unknown attackers fired three missiles from Jordan today, one landing near an Israeli airport and another almost hitting a U.S. warship docked at the Jordanian port of Aqaba.

Jordanian authorities confirmed one Jordanian soldier was killed in the failed attack on the U.S. warship. The missile instead hit a warehouse reportedly rented by Iraqis and Egyptians.

Jordanian security forces were searching for a Syrian and two Iraqi nationals in connection with that attack.

U.S. Navy spokesman Charlie Brown said no one on the two U.S. ships docked at Aqaba were injured. Both ships have already sailed away from the port.

Israel's Army Radio reported a Katyusha was fired from Jordan at the port city of Eilat. The rocket landed near the airport there narrowly missing a taxi and reportedly did not explode when it impacted.

Israeli Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz said the Israeli and Jordanian governments were cooperating in the investigation of the attacks.