Amman: No casualties as Israeli diplomatic convoy attacked
A roadside bomb went off near an Israeli embassy convoy headed to the border with Israel from the Jordanian capital on Thursday, causing no casualties, officials from the two countries said. "The Israeli embassy convoy left Amman and was headed for the Hussein bridge when the blast occurred. Nobody was hurt," an Israeli diplomat said, according to AFP.
Israeli press reports said the bomb detonated near the convoy taking Israeli ambassador to Jordan, Dani Nevo, to the bridge. A sources in the kingdom said it was former Israeli ambassador Yakov Rosen in the convoy, not Nevo, while Israel's foreign ministry said it was unclear whether Nevo was in the convoy.
Israel's YNet News website said four embassy staff members and two security guards were in the convoy, while Haaretz newspaper reported in its website that two remotely detonated bombs exploded, causing one car to flip over.
The embassy's consular officer and her husband arrived back in Israel, the Israeli Channel One TV reported.
Jordan's information minister said were no casualties or damage. "While cars, including two Israeli embassy cars, were travelling near the town of Naur on the road between Amman and the Jordan Valley a bomb exploded without causing casualties or damage," Nabil Sharif told AFP.
"The cars were not damaged by the blast," Sharif said. A source close to the investigation said: "The blast left a crater... 10 centimetres deep and 80 centimetres wide." An AFP photographer said police blocked all roads leading to the scene of the explosion.