Jordanian security forces and militants in deadly clash

12 August, 2018, 18:41 | Author: Myra Gill
  • The damaged side of a building is seen during a raid by Jordanian security forces in the city of Salt northwest of the capital Amman

Jordan said on Saturday four people were killed during a police raid on a house sheltering militants suspected of being behind a bomb attack on a police van.

Security forces gather near a damaged building at the city of Salt, Jordan, August 12, 2018. The bomb exploded in an area where police usually stop during the event.

The shoot-out in the city of Salt, northwest of the Jordanian capital, Amman, came after a home-made bomb exploded on Friday under a patrol vehicle at a music festival, killing one security force member and wounding six.

Ghuneimat initially said one officer was killed, but later updated the death toll to three.

No group immediately took responsibility.

Militants from Islamic State and other radical jihadist groups have long targeted the US -allied Jordan and dozens of militants are now serving long prison terms.

Jordan has played a key role in an worldwide military coalition that helped push back Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in neighbouring Syria and Iraq.

Chairing a meeting of the country's national security council on Sunday, the monarch warned the perpetrators would pay dearly.

Militants from al Qaeda and other radical jihadist groups have long targeted the US-allied kingdom and dozens of militants are now serving long prison terms.

Jordanian security forces gather during a raid in the city of Salt northwest of the capital Amman
Jordanian security forces gather during a raid in the city of Salt northwest of the capital Amman

The clash that began late on Saturday was among the deadliest between insurgents and Jordanian security forces in recent years.

It was unclear how many people were hiding in the three-storey building.

"It killed Sergeant Ali Adnan Qawqaza and wounded six other members of the patrol", the statement said, adding that an investigation was underway into the cause of the blast.

"The suspects refused to surrender and opened heavy fire toward a joint security force", Ghneimat said on Saturday.

Ghunaimat had earlier said search and rescue operations were being conducted to ensure no civilians were being held hostage in what was left of the building.

The minister added that a special team demolished the remaining parts of the building "because it is too unsafe to be around it".

Prime Minister Omar Razzaz called the bombing a "terrorist attack".

"Jordan will always be at the forefront of the fight against terrorism and obscurantist ideas which target the lives of innocents and try to undermine security and stability", he said in remarks carried by Petra.


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