Public Service Directorate in Jordan has released the number of casualties involved in the ‘cowardly attack’.
Meanwhile, security forces kill 4 gunmen involved in the act. Official added that 7 members of security forces, 2 Jordanian civilians and 1 Canadian tourist died while 34 were wounded Sunday in what a Jordanian official called a “cowardly terrorist attack.”
According to Jordan’s Public Service Directorate (PSD), after firing at police officers at two locations, gunmen moved into an ancient castle popular with tourists in the city of Karak,
Security forces surrounded the castle and an hours long standoff occurred.
The PSD issued a statement around 11:30 p.m. (4:30 p.m. ET) saying the siege had ended with four terrorists killed inside the castle.
The PSD said officers combed the structure, a 12th-century, crusader-era fortress about 132 kilometers (82 miles) south of the capital of Amman, and found many automatic weapons.
They also found explosives, including suicide belts, in a house they raided in al-Qatraneh, where the shooting started on Sunday
Who are the gunmen?
Authorities have not identified the gunmen or what group they belonged to, if any. But Jordan’s minister of state for media affairs, Mohammed al-Momani, told state TV the attack was a “cowardly terrorist attack.”
He said Jordan “is part of a region that is on fire, packed with terrorist organizations and it will continue to be able to solidify its security and stability, and overcome this incident as it overcame other incidents in the past.”