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Bomb near Israel convoy in Jordan

Jordanian officials at the site of a bombing, 14 January 2010
The blast left a crater in the road and damaged a guardrail

A bomb has exploded near a convoy of Israeli diplomats in Jordan, Israel's foreign ministry has confirmed.

No-one was injured in the incident, and the convoy continued on its way.

The attack occurred on the road between Amman, Jordan's capital, and the Allenby Bridge crossing between Jordan and the Israeli-occupied West Bank.

Israel and Jordan signed a peace treaty in 1994 and have full diplomatic relations, though relations between the two are sometimes tense.

Jordan's information minister, Nabil Sharif, said an "explosive device went off on the side of the road leading to the Jordan Valley" as "some civilian vehicles were passing by, including two Israeli diplomatic cars".

An investigation was under way, he said.

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Four passengers and two security guards were reported to have been travelling in the convoy.

Officials said Israel's ambassador to Jordan, Dany Nevo, was not among the passengers, despite initial reports to the contrary.

The explosion left a small crater in the road, and damaged the guardrail.

Israeli diplomats often travel home on Thursday afternoon, at the start of the weekend in Jordan.

No immediate claim of responsibility was reported.



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