A man has gone on a stabbing rampage in Jordan’s city of Jerash, a major tourist destination, leaving three Mexican tourists and one Swiss national injured along with four Jordanians.
“The public hospital of Jerash received information about eight injuries at the historical site… The injuries were evaluated. Four were Jordanian, three were Mexican, and one was a tourist from Switzerland,” Jordan’s Minister of Health Saad Fayez Jaber told Reuters on Wednesday.
There were conflicting reports of the seriousness of the injuries.The health minister said four of those wounded suffered moderate to serious injuries and the others light ones. He did not provide further details. However, local media said at least two people were in critical condition.
According to police, a man was arrested over the assault and an investigation is underway.
Sources had earlier mistakenly said three of the injured tourists were Spanish nationals.
Jerash is home to one of the world’s best-preserved Roman cities and is a major attraction for tourists.
Jordan has come under several attacks from suspected Daesh terrorists.
In December 2016, the Daesh terrorist group claimed responsibility for a deadly attack that killed ten people, including a Canadian tourist in Jordan’s southern city of Karak.
Three US soldiers were killed in November 2016 when gunmen fired shots at a car transporting the Americans at the entrance to al-Jafr military base near the southern town of Mann. The slain American service members were reportedly in Jordan on a training mission.
In June 2016, a cross-border car bombing by Daesh launched from Syria killed seven Jordanian border guards.
Jordan is a major US ally in the Middle East, and a member of the US-led coalition purportedly fighting Daesh in Iraq and Syria.
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