BREAKING: At Least 10 Dead, 27 Wounded In Ambush On Police… Here’s What We Know

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Gunmen ambushed police officers and carried out a series of attacks in Jordan which have left at least ten people dead, including a woman visiting from Canada.

A standoff between Jordanian special forces and the assailants holed up inside a Crusader-era castle in Karak, a popular tourist spot, lasted several hours after the first shooting.

According to BBC News, several tourists were trapped inside, however they reportedly were freed and police stormed into the castle.

At least 27 additional people have been wounded, with some reports putting the figure much higher.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attacks in and near the central town of Karak, about 87 miles south of the capital, Amman.

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.

The 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 in Karak Castle, a Crusader fort, wounding members of the security forces. The statement said five or six gunmen were believed to be holed up inside the castle.

Over the past year, gunmen have carried out several attacks on members of the Jordanian security forces and foreign trainers. Earlier this year, Jordanian security forces engaged in a deadly shootout with suspected IS sympathizers in a northern Jordanian town.

In the most recent incident, three U.S. military members were killed in a shooting outside an air base in southern Jordan in November. The three were in Jordan on a training mission, and came under fire while driving into the base.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Source- FOX


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