Tourists, police targeted in deadly Jordan shooting


At least seven people were killed on Sunday in a chain of drive-by shootings by unidentified fighters, apparently targeting police patrols and tourists in the southern Jordanian city of Karak, south of the capital Amman.

A Jordanian security source said that four police, two Jordanian nationals, and one Canadian tourist were killed in the attack, and that nine others were wounded in the shootings.

No organization immediately claimed responsibility. Posts on Jordanian social media showed chaos and police around the attack.

Security sources said that they believe tourists are still trapped inside Karak's Crusader-era castle, potentially being held hostage by gunmen who took refuge following the advance of Jordanian police on the city.

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Rachid Jassam, 15, who nearly had his leg amputated after he was injured by an airstrike outside his house in Falluja, Iraq, sits on a hospital bed inside a Medecins Sans Frontieres hospital in Amman, Jordan November 20, 2016. Picture taken November 20, 2016. Lin Taylor/Thomson Reuters Foundation via REUTERS
Mohammed, 11, who was injured by a bomb while trying to flee Homs in Syria with his family in a car, walks on crutches inside a Medecins Sans Frontieres hospital in Amman, Jordan, November 20, 2016. Picture taken November 20, 2016. Lin Taylor/Thomson Reuters Foundation via REUTERS
Abdallah, 29, who lost his right leg after an explosion in Yemen, sits in a hospital bed as he speaks with a counselor inside a Medecins Sans Frontieres hospital in Amman, Jordan, November 20, 2016. Picture taken November 20, 2016. Lin Taylor/Thomson Reuters Foundation via REUTERS
Young girls, severely burnt and maimed by explosions in Yemen, Syria and Iraq, play puzzles as an occupational therapist assesses their cognitive development inside a Medecins Sans Frontieres hospital in Amman, Jordan, November 20, 2016. Picture taken November 20, 2016. Lin Taylor/Thomson Reuters Foundation via REUTERS
Young girls, severely burnt and maimed by explosions in Yemen, Syria and Iraq, play puzzles as an occupational therapist assesses their cognitive development inside a Medecins Sans Frontieres hospital in Amman, Jordan, November 20, 2016. Picture taken November 20, 2016. Lin Taylor/Thomson Reuters Foundation via REUTERS
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Jordan is one of the few Arab members in the US-led coalition fighting ISIS in the neighboring Syria and Iraq, and its cooperation with the US has spurred opposition from Jordanian residents.

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