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Iraq: At Least Eight Killed In Blast At Jordanian Embassy In Baghdad

Baghdad, 7 August 2003 (RFE/RL) -- At least eight people are reported to have been killed today in an explosion outside the Jordanian Embassy in Baghdad. U.S. Captain Robert Ramsey of the 1st Armored Division says the explosion was likely caused by a truck bomb.

The shells of several burned-out cars sat outside the wall of the Jordanian compound. Iraqis shouting anti-Jordanian slogans stormed the gate of the embassy after the blast and reportedly smashed portraits of Jordan's King Abdullah and the late King Hussein.

U.S. troops arrived on the scene shortly after the blast, stationing tanks outside the compound.

Tensions between Iraq and Jordan have been high due to Amman's support for the U.S.-led war on Iraq. Last week, King Abdullah granted asylum to two daughters of ousted Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein.