By Rana Husseini – Dec 18,2016 – JORDAN TIMES
Ambulances are seen in front of the Italian Hospital in Karak, where some of the injured in a terror attack were evacuated on Sunday (Reuters photo)
AMMAN — 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.
Government Spokesperson Mohammad Momani told The Jordan Times that the Kingdom will remain resilient against attempts to disturb its stability and security, extending Jordan’s condolences to the Canadian government over the loss of the Canadian national.
Momani and the Public Security Department (PSD) said all the civilians who were trapped in the Karak Castle when the terrorists withdrew there were freed following a five-hour rescue operation.
Security forces evacuated people who were residing near the Karak castle, a resident who preferred anonymity, told The Jordan Times.
“The forces closed all main entries to the town and asked residents to stay at home and follow security instructions,” the resident said.
Several videos that circulated on social media on Sunday purported dozens of residents carrying armed weapons and “pledging to help security forces to fight the terrorists.”
Other video clips captured armored vehicles and gendarmerie forces as they entered the city heading to the castle.
A second witness, a 23-year-old accountant, said four men entered the city with a vehicle and clashed with police.
“They were firing randomly and many people were injured,” the eyewitness told The Jordan Times over the phone.
“I hid under a vehicle to avoid the flying bullets but several people were injured from the fire exchange between the suspects and the security forces,” the eyewitness, who preferred anonymity, said.
He added that the suspects then headed to the castle and took hostages there. Momani said there were no hostage taking, but rather people were trapped and then freed.
“Several security forces and sharp shooters surrounded the castle, while helicopters hovered over the ancient ruins,” he added.