Six people shot dead in training facility attack in Jordan

Jordan says death toll rises to six from attack on US-funded training facility in which Jordanian police officer shot two US citizens and one South African near capital, Amman

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

General view of King Abdullah bin al Hussein Training Centre where a Jordanian officer went on a shooting spree in Mwaqar near Amman, Jordan on November 9, 2015

Updated Nov 10, 2015

The death toll of victims shot dead at a US-funded police training facility in Jordan has risen to six, the Jordanian Embassy in Washington reported on Monday.    

Earlier on Monday, a Jordanian police officer was shot dead by security officers after killing two US nationals and one South African at a US-funded facility in Muaqar on the eastern outskirts of the capital Amman for training Iraqi and Palestinian security forces, a security source told Reuters.

The death toll rose "after a Jordanian victim succumbed to wounds sustained during the shooting," according to a statement from the Jordanian embassy.

The statement also said two American trainers, a South African trainer and two Jordanians were killed during the raid, together with the attacker. Four others were also wounded and are being treated. 

The kingdom also marked the anniversary of the November 9 2005 bombings in Amman on the same day as the rampage took place. The attacks targeted a series of hotels, killing 60 people and wounded 115. Al Qaeda militants claimed responsibility for the attacks shortly afterwards.

Jordan is a member of the US-led coalition battling the Daesh threat, in addition to being one of the main US allies in the region.

Jordanian pilot Moath al Kassasbeh was burnt alive in a video released by the terrorist group earlier this year. Kassasbeh’s jet had crashed over Raqqa, the self proclaimed capital of Daesh.

Air strikes led by the Jordanian intelligence services as a part of the coalition against Daesh have been taking place in both Syria and Iraq. Jordan also hosts several hundred US trainers who are part of a military programme to bolster the kingdom's defences, including the stationing of F16 fighter jets that use Jordanian airfields to hit Daesh targets in Syria and Iraq.

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