Canadian woman and four police officers among seven dead in Jordan attacks
Gunmen killed seven people including a Canadian tourist and police officers on Sunday in a city in southern Jordan where security forces were hunting down the unidentified attackers.
The shootings took place in Karak, a tourist destination known for one of the biggest Crusader castles in the region, around 120 kilometres (70 miles) south of the capital Amman.
Jordan’s general security department said four policemen, a female Canadian tourist and two Jordanian civilians were killed in a series of shootings. Several others were reported wounded. The first attack took place when a police patrol went to check on a fire that broke out in a house in Karak, the department said.
“As soon as they reached the area, unknown gunmen who were inside the house opened fire on the patrol, wounding a policeman, and then fled by car,” it said in a statement carried by the official Petra news agency.
“Shortly afterwards, gunmen opened fire on another patrol without causing any casualties,” it added.
At the same time, gunmen holed up in the Crusader castle opened fire on the Karak police station, “wounding several policemen and passersby” who were rushed to hospital, the statement added.