Canadian tourist among the dead in Jordan as gunmen attack Karak Castle

Special forces have been deployed to hunt down gunmen hiding in Jordan’s Karak Castle, where tourists had been trapped.
Armed police head towards Karak Castle, where there has been a shooting.

Nine people, including a female Canadian tourist, have been killed in a shootout between police and gunmen in Jordan.
Four of those killed were police officers and the others are believed to have been Jordanian civilians.
There were 22 people injured, according to the Minister of State for Media Affairs Dr Mohammad al Momany.
Several tourists were believed to have been taken hostage by the gunmen, who took refuge in Karak Castle in the south of Jordan.
The tourists were later released.
Security forces prepare to tackle gunmen who attacked Karak Castle in Jordan. Pic: Ammon News
Security officials are not ruling out the possibility that the shooting was a coordinated militant attack.
So far, no group has claimed responsibility for the attacks.
The Public Security Directorate said events began when a police patrol received reports of a fire at a house in the town of Qatraneh, in the Karak district.
When officers arrived, they were shot at by people inside the building.
Two officers were injured and the shooters fled in a car.
In another attack, gunmen shot at a security patrol in Karak, but no one was hurt.
The third attack saw armed men open fire on a police station at Karak Castle and, according to the security directorate’s statement, five or six gunmen took refuge inside.
Jordanian policemen and an ambulance are seen in the vicinity of Karak Castle in the city of Karak, Jordan, December 18, 2016
Karak Castle is a medieval fort around 70 miles south of Jordan’s capital city, Amman, and on the main road to Petra, another popular tourist destination.
The city is a popular tourist destination in Jordan, a country which has been part of the US-led air campaign against Islamic State militants in Syria.
But many Jordanians oppose the country’s involvement, which they say has raised the security threat at home and caused the deaths of fellow Muslims.

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