Daesh Claims Deadly Jordan Border Attack on Tuesday: Statement

People hold Jordanian national flags as they light candles during a candlelight vigil in solidarity with the Jordanian soldiers who were killed in an attack on a border military post near a camp for Syrian refugees, in Amman, Jordan, June 21, 2016. REUTERS/Muhammad Hamed

BEIRUT, June 26 – Daesh claimed a suicide bomb attack launched from inside Syria on Tuesday that killed seven Jordanian border guards, its news agency Amaq said on Sunday.

The attack was carried out by “a fighter of Daesh,” Amaq said in a statement.

It gave no further details.

The suicide bomber on Tuesday drove a car at speed across the border from Syria and rammed it into a military post.

The explosives-laden vehicle blew up a few hundred meters (yards) from a camp for Syrian refugees in a remote area where the borders of Iraq, Syria and Jordan meet, a Jordanian army statement said at the time.

It was the first such assault targeting Jordan from Syria since Syria’s descent into conflict in 2011 and followed an attack on June 6 on a security office near the Jordanian capital Amman in which five people, including three Jordanian intelligence officers, were killed.

The incidents have jolted the Arab kingdom, which has been relatively unscathed by the instability that has swept the Arab world since 2011, including the expansion of Daesh in Syria and Iraq.

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