Islamic State claims responsibility for deadly attack in Jordan



The Karak Castle, the site of Sunday's deadly shooting attack in Jordan. Credit: Berthold Werner via Wikimedia Commons.

(Israel Hayom/Exclusive to The Islamic State terror group has claimed responsibility for Sunday's shooting attack that killed 10 people at a popular tourist site in Karak, Jordan, according to Jordanian security and intelligence officials.

Terrorists opened fire on a group of police officers and then took a number of hostages, including tourists, barricading the group in the city's Crusader-era Karak Castle. Eight police officers, a Canadian tourist and a local resident were killed in the attack. The terrorists were killed in a shootout with security forces.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu condemned the attack Monday.

"On behalf of the people and government of Israel, I strongly condemn yesterday's terrorist attack in Jordan," Netanyahu said. "We send our sympathies to the families of the victims and wish the wounded a speedy and full recovery."

According to Arab media reports, security officials expressed concern that some of the attackers might have escaped as they exchanged gunfire with the Jordanian Special Forces. A few hours later, however, all four attackers were reportedly killed in the gunfire.

Posted on December 21, 2016 .