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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

Tourists stabbed in Jordanian city near Roman ruins: police

  Tourists stabbed in Jordanian city near Roman ruins: police Tourists stabbed in Jordanian city near Roman ruins: policeA security source initially told Reuters the victims included three Spanish women, however Spain said its citizens were not involved. Video of the incident that circulated on Jordanian media appeared to show victims speaking Spanish with Latin American accents.

The directorate of general security in Jordan said a number of tourists , a tour guide and a security officer were stabbed in the attack in Jerash. Footage captured after the attack was shared across social media, and showed one person lying on bloodsoaked ground as another appeared to use a

The motive for the attack at Jerash, a tourist draw in northern Jordan known for its Roman ruins, remained unknown. AMMAN, Jordan — An assailant stabbed at least eight people at the popular archaeological site Three of the foreign victims were Mexican, the police said, and the other Swiss.

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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One man is under arrest after the attack in which four tourists , a guide and a guard were injured. According to Mr Serra, police did not lock down the site during the incident, and people were still free to walk in and out. Jordan , viewed as a relatively safe destination, heavily depends on its tourism

Police arrest man suspected of stabbing rampage on tourists in ancient city of Jerash known for its Roman ruins. A lone attacker on Wednesday stabbed eight people, including four foreign tourists and their tour guide, at a popular archaeological site in northern Jordan .

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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