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World Jordan police arrest man after stabbing attack at popular tourist site

17:00  06 november  2019
17:00  06 november  2019 Source:   abc.net.au

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Eight people have been stabbed at a popular tourist site in Jordan . Key points: Police arrested Mustafa Abu Touameh, 22, in a refugee camp in A Jordanian Government source told the ABC four tourists — three Mexican and one Swiss — were attacked at the ancient Roman city of Jerash, north

A lone attacker on Wednesday stabbed eight people, including four foreign tourists and their tour guide, at a popular archaeological site in northern Jordan

Tourists were airlifted to King Hussein Medical Center in Amman following the incident.© ABC News Tourists were airlifted to King Hussein Medical Center in Amman following the incident.

Eight people have been stabbed at a popular tourist site in Jordan.

A Jordanian Government source told the ABC four tourists — three Mexican and one Swiss — were attacked at the ancient Roman city of Jerash, north of the capital Amman.

Two local policemen, a local guide and a driver were also stabbed.

The Government source said none of the injuries were life-threatening, although they described the guide's injuries as serious and those to the tourists as moderate.

Police have arrested a Jordan-born Palestinian man from a refugee camp in Jerash, identified as 22-year-old Mustafa Abu Touameh.

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JERUSALEM — Jordanian police were searching for a motive Wednesday after a man , reportedly from a nearby Palestinian refugee camp, carried out a knife attack at a popular archaeological site , injuring eight people and terrifying tourists . Authorities said the attacker was arrested at the scene.

Eight people including four foreign tourists were stabbed on Wednesday inside the ancient Roman city of Jerash, one of Jordan ’s most popular sites The others included two Jordanian police officers, a tour guide and a driver. A Mexican tourist and a Jordanian tour guide were flown to Amman with

Mustafa Abu Touameh, 22, was arrested in a Jordanian refugee camp following the stabbing attack.© ABC News Mustafa Abu Touameh, 22, was arrested in a Jordanian refugee camp following the stabbing attack.

Witnesses said the man had been clad all in black and had tried to chase tourists into the cafeteria at the site.

"He passed in front of me and I leaned towards him," driver Ali El Agrabawi told Reuters.

"I slipped, and he stabbed me. I then backed away, moving towards the policeman. He gave the policeman a slight stab. I tried to attack him from behind. I pushed him to the ground. Afterwards, all the policemen came and took him."

Police are yet to announce any motive for the attack.

Jerash is one of Jordan's main tourist attractions, popular with international visitors.

Such incidents are rare in Jordan, with the kingdom considered one of the Middle East's safest tourist destinations.

Tourists regularly visit the Ancient Roman city of Gerasa, in the city of Jerash.© ABC News Tourists regularly visit the Ancient Roman city of Gerasa, in the city of Jerash.

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