On Monday afternoon local time, an officer of the Jordanian army shot dead two U.S. military trainers who were working at a training facility for Jordanian and Palestinian security forces. The Jordanian officer also killed a South African trainer and a member of the Jordanian security forces before being shot to death by Jordanian security personnel.
Five others were injured in the attack, two of the wounded are Americans, and local media reported they could be dead too.
Originally, the media had reported that the attacker committed suicide, but a government spokesman denied this. He said that it is not yet known if the shooting was because of a dispute between the assailant and the trainers or something else. Others pointed to the fact that the attack took place on the 10th anniversary of a triple Al-Qaeda attack in Amman that killed dozens of people. They say that this attack is probably Islamic State-related.
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Jordan is part of the U.S.-led anti-Islamic State coalition and hosts hundreds of American trainers and a war room that coordinates the war effort against Islamic State by pro-Western rebel groups in Syria. Islamic State aims to destabilize Jordan as well; but only in the city of Maan, one of the poorest cities in the country, is the influence of ISIS on the rise. In the rest of Jordan, the population is still loyal to King Abdullah II.
UPDATE: Jordanian and Israeli media report that the death toll of the attack has risen to eight.