At least seven people have been killed after a huge explosion thought to have been caused by a car bomb rocked the Jordanian Embassy in Baghdad today.
28 people have been injured, according to doctors.
A witness said the bomb appeared to have been detonated remotely and was in an empty minibus.
He said the blast shook buildings and broke windows hundreds of yards away. One wall of the embassy compound was knocked down.
Immediately after the blast, scores of young Iraqi men rushed to the embassy gates and began smashing portraits of Jordan’s King Abdullah and his late father, King Hussein.
They also chanted anti-Jordanian slogans.
The shells of three burned out cars sat outside the embassy compound, which is on the western edge of the Iraqi capital.
On top of the cars was what appeared to be the chassis of a minibus.
Two of the dead were still in the burned out cars. The body of the third victim was taken away in an ambulance.
US soldiers arrived in two tanks and six Humvees soon after the blast, which sent out a huge plumes of thick black smoke above the embassy compound.
There were thought to have been about 30 people inside the building at the time of the blast.
A Sudanese waiter at the embassy said those inside heard the explosion and many of them suffered minor injuries from the shock of the blast.
He was bleeding from the left side of his face.
Jordan had attracted criticism from some in the region for its support for the US-led invasion of Iraq.
Many Iraqis are resentful that Jordan dropped its support for Saddam Hussein and allowed US troops to use its soil as a base during the latest war.
King Abdullah granted “humanitarian asylum” last week to two of Saddam’s daughters, whose husbands took refuge in Jordan but were lured back and killed by Saddam’s regime in 1996.