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Motorbike Explodes in front of Jordan’s Military Office in Paris | ASHARQ AL-AWSAT English Archive 2005 -2017
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Police officers stand next to a burnt scooter outside the office of Jordan’s military attache in Paris CREDIT: THIBAULT CAMUS/AP

A motorbike explosion outside the office of Jordan’s military attache in western Paris did not appear to intentionally target Jordan, an embassy official said on Wednesday.

According to local police and Jordan’s foreign ministry, the scooter caught fire, setting off a small explosion in front of the building.

“A motorbike exploded in front of the building where the military attache’s office is. The police are investigating,” an embassy official said. “It doesn’t seem to be an intentional act that targets Jordan.”

The fire caused minor damage, but no injuries and police are investigating whether the fire was accidental.

According to the Paris police department the fire spread to a diplomatic vehicle early in the morning, but there was nothing that “corresponded to an explosion.”

An official at the nearby Jordanian embassy told Reuters he did not believe the explosion was intentionally targeting Jordan.

The Jordanian embassy and the office of the military attache are in separate areas of Paris.

Jordan’s Foreign Ministry spokesman was quoted by the Jordanian state-run Petra news agency earlier saying that a motorbike exploded in front of Jordan’s military mission, but that no staff were injured in the explosion.

The Paris police department said an investigation had been opened, but there was nothing to suggest the incident was related to terrorism.