Canadian tourist among five killed in Jordan shootings

Canadian tourist among five killed in Jordan shootings

Four members of the security forces and a Canadian tourist have been killed in a series of shootings in central Jordan.

The attacks, including at a Crusader castle popular with tourists, are the latest in a series of incidents that have challenged the pro-Western kingdom's claim to be an oasis of calm in a region threatened by Islamic extremists.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attacks in and near the central town of Karak.

The chain of events began when a police patrol received reports of a house fire in the town of Qatraneh in the Karak district.

The officers responding to the call came under fire from inside the house. Two policemen were wounded and the gunmen fled in a car. In another attack, gunmen fired on a security patrol in Karak, causing no injuries.

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

Five or six gunmen were believed to be inside the castle and it was not clear if the stand-off was still going on at nightfall.

In all, four members of the security forces and a female tourist from Canada were killed in the shootings.

AP

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