Iraq said Thursday its warplanes hit a ship off Iran's Persian Gulf coast during the night, and Iran said its interceptors shot down an Iraqi jet in a dogfight over the waterway.

Iran's official Islamic Republic News Agency, monitored in Nicosia, said one civilian was killed and six wounded when Iraq planes bombed a village near Sardasht in Azerbaijan province Wednesday.The agency said the French-built Iraqi Mirage F-1 was shot down and exploded over the gulf.

There was no confirmation from Baghdad. But the official Iraqi News Agency reported that Iraqi helicopter gunships shot down an Iranian Bell 214 helicopter Thursday over the northern sector of the gulf war battlefront.