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Sunday, December 18, 2016

Jordan: Gunmen Kill Five, Canadian woman among them, Reportedly Take Tourists Hostage in Crusader Castle.


Jordan: Gunmen Kill Five, Canadian woman among them, Reportedly Take Tourists Hostage in Crusader Castle. (AlJazeera).

At least five people have been killed in drive-by shootings by unidentified fighters, apparently targeting police patrols, in the southern Jordanian city of Al-Karak, security officials said.

"Four of the dead are policemen and one is a female Canadian tourist," an unnamed security source told AFP news agency, adding that nine others were wounded in the attacks.

Several tourists were believed to be trapped inside the city's crusader castle where fighters have taken refuge and were surrounded by police, security sources told Reuters news agency.

The chain of events began when a police patrol received reports of a house fire in the town of Qatraneh in the Karak district, a statement by Jordan's Public Security Directorate said.


Officers responding to the call came under fire from inside the house, the statement said. Two policemen were wounded and the assailants fled in a car, it said.

In another attack, fighters fired on a security patrol in Al-Karak, causing no injuries, the statement said.

In a third incident, armed men opened fire on a police station in Al-Karak Castle, a Crusader fort popular with tourists, wounding members of the security forces.

At least seven people have been killed in shootings by unidentified fighters, apparently targeting police patrols and tourists, in the southern Jordanian city of Al-Karak, security officials said.

Jordan's general security department said four policemen, a female Canadian tourist and two Jordanian civilians were killed in the series of shootings. Several others were reported wounded.

The ministry said "five or six gunmen" were thought to be involved in the shootings.

However, Prime Minister Hani al-Malki, who was addressing parliament at the time of the attacks, said that "special forces and policemen are surrounding 10 gunmen holed up inside the Karak citadel".

  UPDATE!
Tweet below translation: Video from inside Karak castle appears to show police (and excited citizens?) evacuating a foreigner

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