Jordan: 4 security officers killed after storming building
Jordan: 4 security officers killed after storming building
Salt that was blown up by the terrorists
12 August, 2018, 16:06
Meanwhile, three suspects were arrested in the raid that also resulted in the suspects reportedly detonating the building they have barricaded themselves in, Minister of State for Media Affairs and Government Spokesperson Jumana Ghunaimat said.
Gunmen killed three members of Jordan's security forces during a raid on a "terrorist" cell a day after an officer died in a bomb blast, a government spokeswoman said.
The clash that began late on Saturday was among the deadliest between insurgents and Jordanian security forces in recent years.
The officers had been chasing suspects in an explosion a day earlier in which a policeman was killed.
Four security personnel were killed during the operation after the suspected militants sought sanctuary in the multi-story building in Salt, a hillside city, the government said.
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"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.
Security forces had been deployed to protect the town's annual festival, which hosts prominent Arab music acts.
The suspects reportedly refused to surrender and instead started shooting at the forces that surrounded their building, according to Ghunaimat. In December 2016, a shootout at a Crusader castle in the southern town of Karak left 14 people dead, including seven members of the security forces, four attackers and three civilians.
The shoot-out also injured at least twenty people, including women and children living in the area.
Salt lies a few kilometers north of Al-Fuhais, a mostly Christian town.
The Kingdom on Saturday denounced the bomb attack on the joint patrol of gendarmerie and public security forces in Al-Fahees area in the Jordanian capital Amman.
The security forces were investigating if the militants were part of a wider sleeper cell network of Islamist radicals that had planned a series of attacks, an official source said.
No group immediately took responsibility.
Jordan has played a key role in an global military coalition that helped push back the extremist group Islamic State in neighboring Syria and Iraq.
"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", the official Petra news agency quoted him as saying.
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