Jordan assault: Knifeman stabs eight, together with vacationers, in Jerash

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Jerash is legendary for its Roman stays


A knifeman has injured 4 overseas vacationers and 4 locals in an assault within the Jordanian metropolis of Jerash.

Three Mexicans and a Swiss nationwide have been among the many wounded. One of many Mexicans and a Jordanian tour information have been harm severely, the well being minister mentioned.


The suspected attacker was arrested close by by police.

Jerash, residence to a well-preserved historic Roman website, attracts 1000’s of overseas guests yearly.

Movies on social media present one girl mendacity bleeding on the bottom and one other girl in a blood-stained shirt.

Jordan’s well being minister, Saed Jaber, advised reporters that every one the injured have been taken to an area hospital inside 15 minutes. The Mexican vacationer and Jordanian tour information injured severely have been then taken to a separate hospital by helicopter and underwent surgical procedure.

“The bleeding was stopped, the state of affairs has been managed, and each circumstances are steady,” Mr Jaber mentioned.

An American vacationer, Marco Junipero Serra, advised the BBC the one that had carried out the assault was dressed all in black and had his face coated with a masks.

The attacker jumped a fence on the website at round 11:00 (09:00 GMT) and started stabbing folks indiscriminately, Mr Serra mentioned.

In line with him, police didn’t lock down the positioning throughout the incident, and folks have been nonetheless free to stroll out and in.

A kind of injured was Ali El Agrabawi, the motive force of a vacationer bus. At Jerash hospital he advised reporters he had been stabbed whereas attempting to cease the assailant from coming into a cafeteria stuffed with vacationers.

Jordan, considered as a comparatively secure vacation spot, closely will depend on its tourism business.

In line with nation’s tourism board, the nation is residence to 21,000 archaeological and historic websites.