14 killed in series of attacks in Jordan

According to Jordanian police, at least 28 others were injured, and security sources confirmed that as many as 14 people, mainly foreign tourists, were held hostage by the gunmen

14 killed in series of attacks in Jordan

At least 14 people were killed on Sunday when gunmen staged a series of attacks on police patrols and a historic castle in the heart of the southern city of Karak before being four gunmen were killed, Washington Post has reported. The victims included seven police officers, two Jordanian civilians and one Canadian tourist.

Jordanian security forces killed at least four gunmen after an operation to free tourists trapped inside a medieval castle in the city of Karak, where armed men had taken shelter following a series of shootouts with police. A police statement said that “a number of outlaws who committed ugly crimes this afternoon” had been killed and that security forces were combing the crusader castle for more gunmen.


According to Jordanian police, at least 28 others were injured, and security sources confirmed that as many as 14 people, mainly foreign tourists, were held hostage by the gunmen.

An official statement describing the event said, “As soon as they reached [Qatraneh], unknown gunmen who were inside the house opened fire on the patrol, wounding a policeman, and then fled by car.” At the same time, gunmen holed up in the castle opened fire on the Karak police station, “wounding several policemen and passersby” who were rushed to hospital, the statement added.“Police and security forces have surrounded the castle and its vicinity and launched an operation to hunt down the gunmen,” the statement said

“Police and security forces have surrounded the castle and its vicinity and launched an operation to hunt down the gunmen,” the statement said

As per reports as many as 10 gunmen holed themselves up in the Karak Crusader castle, a major tourist attraction and one of the most complete Crusader castles in the world.

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