Knife Attack in Popular Jordanian Town Leaves Four Foreign Tourists Wounded

November 6, 2019
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A lone attacker on Wednesday stabbed eight people (including four foreign tourists) at a popular archaeological site in Jerash, one of Jordan’s top tourist destinations. Official state-run media reports that the tourists’ guide and three other Jordanians, including a police officer, were also injured before the attacker was arrested. There are no immediate details on the identity of the aggressor or his motives.

Amateur video captured a horrific scene next to the site, an ancient city whose ruins include a columned road and Roman amphitheater: a woman can be heard screaming in Spanish, “It’s a dagger, it’s a dagger, there is a knife. Please, help him now!” One woman is seen lying on the ground with considerable blood around her as someone presses a towel to her back. Another man sits nearby with an obvious leg wound.

Details on the victims’ conditions were not immediately known, but an independent Ammon news site said that two people in critical condition were airlifted 40 miles by helicopter to a hospital in the capital, Amman.

The economy of Jordan relies strongly on tourism and Islamic militant groups have targeted tourist sites in the past. An attack in 2016 by the Islamic State group killed 14 people including a Canadian tourist.

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