Jordan policemen killed in storming of militants’ hideout

Salt that was blown up by the terrorists

The officers had been chasing suspects in an explosion a day earlier in which a policeman was killed.

Jordanian security forces gather during a raid in the city of Salt, northwest of the capital Amman, August 12, 2018.

On Saturday, security forces raided buildings west of the capital of Amman as part of the manhunt.

Three suspected terrorist were picked up from the rubble of the building they were hiding in and later detonated when they were cornered by security forces, Minister of State for Media Affairs and Government Spokesperson Jumana Ghunaimat said.

Police had earlier blamed a gas canister for Friday's blast near the site of a music festival in the town of Fuheis.

"It killed Sergeant Ali Adnan Qawqaza and wounded six other members of the patrol", the ministry said, adding that an investigation was underway into the cause of the blast.

King Abdullah expressed his condolences to the Jordanian families of the security forces and paid tribute to the officers killed on duty, describing their sacrifices as "heroic and highly honorable".

"The suspects refused to surrender and opened heavy fire toward a joint security force", Ghunaimat said in a statment.

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Ghuneimat said three suspects were arrested and searches continued for others. The source also offered condolences and sympathies to the families of the victim as well as to the Jordanian government and people, wishing the wounded a speedy recovery.

Ambulances, bulldozers and police cars were deployed around the building in the Naqab al-Dabour residential neighbourhood in Salt, television footage showed. In December 2016, a shootout at a crusader castle in the southern town of Karak left 14 people dead, including seven members of the security forces, four militants and three civilians.

Salt lies a few kilometres north of Al-Fuhais, a mostly Christian town.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for Friday's bomb blast and the identity of the suspects in Salt was not immediately known.

Ghneimat said that the security forces raided the house in Salt after receiving a tip-off.

Jordan said in January that it had foiled an Islamic State plot that included plans for a series of attacks last November on security installations, shopping malls and moderate religious figures.

Jordan has played a key role in an global military coalition that helped push back Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in neighbouring Syria and Iraq.

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