10 killed, 34 wounded during gunmen attack in Jordan

10 killed, 34 wounded during gunmen attack in JordanGunmen assaulted Jordanian police in a series of attacks Sunday, including at a Crusader castle popular with tourists, officials said, according to Associated Press.

The chain of events began when a police patrol received reports of a house fire in the town of Qatraneh in the Karak district, said a statement by Jordan's Public Security Directorate. Officers responding to the call came under fire from inside the house, the statement said. Two policemen were wounded and the assailants fled in a car, it said.

In another attack, gunmen fired on a security patrol in Karak, causing no injuries, the statement said.

Armed men also opened fire on a police station at the Crusader fort, wounding members of security forces. Several armed men barricaded themselves inside the castle for hours, hemmed in by special forces soldiers.

Security officials announced late Sunday, that the operation had ended and that four gunmen were killed. They said troops continued to search the area.

The officials said large amounts of weapons had been seized. They made no reference to local media reports that at one point, the attackers had held hostages.

In all, seven members of the security forces, two local civilians and the tourist from Canada were killed, security officials said. Fifteen members of the security forces, 17 local civilians and two foreign nationals were injured.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attacks in and near Karak.

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