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4 Tourists Among 8 Injured in Horrific Knife Attack In Jordan

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One Swiss and three Mexican tourists were among eight people injured in a horrific knife attack in the Jordanian city of Jerash on Wednesday, according the country's state news agency Petra.

Along with the tour guide, three other Jordanians, including a policeman, were also hurt before the attacker was subdued and arrested, reports said.

The attack took place in the city of Jerash, Jordan (Photo: Ahmad Abdo via AFP-Getty)
One of the Mexican tourists who was wounded is in critical condition and another is in surgery, the country's foreign minister Marcelo Abrard wrote in a tweet.
A popular archaeological site around 45 km north of the capital Amman, Jerash is home to a well-preserved ancient Roman site and is Jordan's most popular tourist destination. 

Amateur video showed a bloody scene next to the Jerash archaeological site, an ancient city whose ruins include a Roman amphitheater.

In one video, a woman can be heard screaming in Spanish. “It’s a dagger, it’s a dagger, there is a knife. Please, help him now!”

One woman is seen lying on the ground, with much blood around her, as someone presses a towel to her back. Another man sits nearby with a bad leg wound.

There were no immediate details on the identity of the attacker or his motives at this time. 

Jordan’s economy relies heavily on tourism, and Islamic militant groups have in the past targeted tourist sites. A 2016 attack by the Islamic State group killed 14 people, including a Canadian tourist.

(Photo: Ahmad Abdo via AFP-Getty)

With sources and files from CNN & USA Today

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Wednesday 6th of November 2019

Great article.