Attack Kills Three Jordanian Intelligence Officers at Palestinian Camp

A gunman shot dead Jordanian writer Nahed Hattar on Sunday outside the court where he was to stand trial on charges of contempt of religion after sharing on social media a caricature seen as insulting Islam, state news agency Petra said.

AMMAN, June 6 – Three Jordanian intelligence officers and two other security personnel were killed in an attack on a security office in a Palestinian refugee camp on the outskirts of the Jordanian capital, a government official said on Monday.

Jordanian television, quoting a government spokesman, described it as a terrorist attack that took place at 7 a.m. (0400 GMT), giving no further details.

Baqaa camp is the largest camp in Jordan, where a large percentage of the country’s over seven million population are descendents of Palestinian refugees who fled in the aftermath of the creation of Israel in 1948.

Government spokesman Mohammad al-Momani said the attack targeted the intelligence department’s local office in the camp that houses over 70,000 refugees. Alongside the three officers, a guard and a telephone exchange operator at the office were killed.

Earlier this year a large security operation was mounted in the northern city of Irbid in which several Daesh sympathizers were killed in a shoot out.

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