Gunmen assault Jordan police, 10 killed including a Canadian

Jordanian security forces stand next to their armored vehicle at the scene next to Karak Castle.

Karak: In a series of attacks on the Jordan police by Gunmen at a Crusader castle killed seven officers, two civilians and a women from Canada, officials said. This was one of the worst attacks that have taken place recently in Jordan where at least 34 people were injured which included two foreign nationals.

The officials said that, four gunmen were killed and that the troops continued to search the area and large amounts of weapon had been taken in custody.

Canada’s global affairs spokesman John Babcock went on to say that: “Canadian officials in Amman are actively working with local authorities to gather additional information and are providing consular assistance to Canadians at this difficult time.”

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The Canadian Embassy in Amman issued an alert warning urging Canadians to avoid travel to Karak, a town in central Jordan about 140 kilometers (87 miles) south of the capital. A statement by Jordan’s Public Security Directorate said that the event began when one of the police officer was informed of a house fire in the town of Qatraneh in the Karak district.

Armed men also opened fire on a police station at Karak Castle, a Crusader fort, wounding members of security forces. The statement said five or six gunmen were believed to be holed up inside the castle.

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