Jordanian police officer kills 2 Americans, 1 S. African at training center near Amman
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AMMAN — A Jordanian army officer shot dead two American military personnel and one South African and wounded six other people on Monday at a US-funded security training facility near Amman, Jordan’s government spokesman said.
Mohammad Momani told Reuters that the attacker was shot dead by Jordanian security forces; he did not commit suicide as security forces earlier reported.
A Jordanian security source said the gunman was a senior co-trainer with the rank of captain.
The incident occurred in a facility that mainly trains Iraqi and Palestinian forces on the outskirts of the capital Amman.
It took place on the 10th anniversary of al-Qaida suicide bombings that targeted three Amman luxury hotels and killed dozens of people in the worst militant attack in the history of Jordan, astaunch US ally.
Jordan is now part of the Washington-led coalition that is trying to defeat Islamic State insurgents that have seized large tracts of
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