5 dead, including 2 Americans, in shooting at Jordanian police training center


Five people have been killed and several others have been injured after a gunman wearing a police uniform opened fire at a police training center near the Jordanian capital of Amman.

Government spokesman Mohammad Momani confirmed that at least 5 people had been killed, including two Americans and a South African national who were contractors with the Public Security Department. At least five others were injured.

The Reuters news agency initially cited American government sources as saying that at least 8 people had been killed, but Jordanian authorities issued a denial, saying the death toll remained at 5.

The incident happened when a Jordanian police officer who had recently been fired attacked the King Abdullah Special Operations Training Center near the capital Amman. The gunman was shot and killed by Jordanian authorities, but it was not immediately clear whether he was included in the death toll.

The motive for Monday’s attack was not immediately known, and an investigation is underway.

No members of the U.S. military at the training center were involved in the incident, according to CNN, which cited a U.S. official.

“We are in contact with the appropriate Jordanian authorities, who have offered their full support,” a U.S. embassy spokesperson said. “We will report more info when available.”

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