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Jordan executes 15 people, including 10 for terror offences

Aerial view of Amman, Jordan Credit: AP

Jordan has executed 15 people including ten convicted of terrorism offences, a government spokesman said on Saturday.

Spokesman Mohammad al Momani said among those executed was a man who was convicted of an attack on an intelligence compound last year, which killed five security officers.

Another five were involved in an assault by security forces on a militant hideout in Irbid, which led to the deaths of seven militants and one police officer, and the rest relate to incidents dating back to 2003.

The other five were executed for rape and sexual assault.

Jordan restored the death penalty in 2014 after pausing capital punishment in 2006.


Probe underway after shooting at police training centre

Hospital staff receive one of the casualties brought in by helicopter Credit: RTV

A Jordanian police officer has killed two U.S. government security contractors, a South African trainer and two Jordanians in a shooting at an American-funded police training centre.

The officer was killed in a shootout at the centre near Amman, Jordanian authorities said.

U.S. President Barack Obama said he was treating the attack, in which three Jordanians and one Lebanese citizen were also wounded, very seriously and a full investigation was under way.

Six killed in shooting at police training centre

Six people are now thought to have died in a shooting at Jordanian International Police Training Centre near Amman.

U.S. sources told Reuters the victims were three Jordanians, two Americans and one South African. The American victims worked for the U.S. State Deparment training Palestinian security forces.

Six other people are said to have been wounded. The shooter, who was dressed in Jordanian uniform, was killed.

In a statement, the U.S. Embassy said it was "premature" to speculate on a motive.

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