Jordan Cop Opens Fire, Kills 2 Americans

Total of 5, including the shooter, now dead
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 9, 2015 8:31 AM CST
Jordan Cop Opens Fire, Kills 2 Americans
Iraqi cadets train at the shooting field with their Jordanian trainers during prison guard training at the Jordan International Police Training Center, June, 12, 2007.   (AP Photo/Nader Daoud)

Two American instructors and a South African were killed by a police officer at a training center in Jordan on Monday before the shooter was killed by security forces, reports CNN. Two Americans and four Jordanians were also wounded in the incident, which took place in the cafeteria of the US-backed Jordan International Police Training Center in Muwaqqar, outside the capital of Amman, per NBC News. One Jordanian died later in the hospital, reports Al Jazeera; a government rep says one of the wounded Americans is in critical condition. The Guardian reports the facility is used by security officers from across the Middle East, while the BBC notes it hosts mainly Palestinian and Iraqi officers.

Though details of the incident are still sketchy, the timing has raised concerns of a link to the al-Qaeda suicide bombing attacks on hotels in Amman, which left almost 60 people dead exactly 10 years ago, reports the New York Times. Jordanian media initially reported the incident as "accidental," but the government rep now calls the shooting a "crime." He adds an investigation is underway. A government-run newspaper identifies the shooter as a veteran police officer who formerly served as a captain in the criminal investigation department before being moved to the training center. (Read more Jordan stories.)

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