A Canadian tourist was among the ten people killed by gunmen in an attack on the Crusdaer castle of the southern city of Karak on Sunday. At least 34 people – including two foreigners – were injured. Some media outlets reported that people were taken hostage in the castle.

The Government of New Zealand has issued an updated travel advisory that is relevant to all travellers. From the New Zealand Government’s Safe Travel website

Terrorism
There is an ongoing threat of terrorism throughout Jordan. Jordanian security forces continue to conduct security operations across Jordan to prevent attacks. Attacks could be indiscriminate and target places frequented by expatriates and foreign travellers. Possible targets for attacks could include government buildings and security forces, embassies, hotels, shopping malls, restaurants, cafes, public transport hubs, tourist sites and western businesses. 

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From the Guardian

Canadian tourist said to be among five killed by gunmen in Jordan

Unidentified gunmen have fled to a castle after reportedly killing five people, including a Canadian citizen, and injuring nine more in attacks on several police patrols in the southern Jordanian city of Karak.

According to Jordanian security officials, the people were killed during a series of drive-by shootings in the town and also reportedly around its Crusader-era castle.

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From the Jordan Times

Death toll in Karak attacks rises to 14, including four terrorists

Four terrorists were killed in a security operation in the southern governorate of Karak on Sunday after 10 people were killed in attacks, including four police officers and three gendarmes.

Two civilians and a Canadian citizen were killed, while 22 other civilians and police officers were injured when four gunmen stormed the southern city and fired at security and civilians before heading to the Karak Castle, official sources said.

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From the Sydney Morning Herald

Tourist killed and hostages taken during shootout at Karak castle in Jordan

Police in the mountainous city of Karak freed 10 people, including foreign tourists, but some were still being held in the Crusader-era castle from where the gunmen shot at security forces who were surrounding it, a security source said.

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From Reuters

Jordan declares end of castle siege, says four gunmen killed

Jordanian security forces said they killed four “terrorist outlaws” after flushing them out of a castle in the southern city of Karak where they had holed up after a shoot-out that killed nine people.

An official statement said the four assailants, who shot at police targets in the town before heading to the Crusader-era castle, carried automatic weapons. Large quantities of explosives, weapons and suicide belts were seized in a hideout, the statement said.

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