Tourist killed in Jordan gun battle

Tourist killed in Jordan gun battle

A Canadian tourist was among ten people killed in a shooting at a historic hilltop castle in Jordan.

Gunmen opened fire on two police patrols before fleeing to the castle in the city of Karak and attacking a police station there.

Several tourists were trapped in the castle but were freed as security forces moved in.

At least 27 people were wounded, some seriously.

Police said suicide belts and weapons had been seized at a hideout used by the “terrorist outlaws”.

Jordanian security forces say they eventually killed four gunmen.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office said in updated travel advice: “A number of people have been killed in an attack at Karak on 18 December.

“You should exercise caution at this time and follow the instructions of the local authorities.”

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