Monday, November 9, 2015

Jordanian army officer kills 2 Americans, 1 South African, wounds 6 others at Jordanian security training site

AMMAN (Reuters) - A Jordanian army officer shot dead two American military personnel and one South African and wounded six other people on Monday at a U.S.-funded security training facility near Amman, Jordan's government spokesman said.

Mohammad Momani told Reuters that the attacker was shot dead by Jordanian security forces; he did not commit suicide as security forces earlier reported.

A Jordanian security source said the gunman was a senior co-trainer with the rank of captain.

The incident occurred in a facility that mainly trains Iraqi and Palestinian forces on the outskirts of the capital Amman.

It took place on the 10th anniversary of al Qaeda suicide bombings that targeted three Amman luxury hotels and killed dozens of people in the worst militant attack in the history of Jordan, a staunch U.S. ally.