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Officers walked into ambush in latest Jordan attack: witness

Jordanian security forces are seen on December 19, 2016 during the funeral of victims who were killed a day earlier in an attack at in Karak, a tourist destination, around 120 kilometres (70 miles) south of the capital Amman.
Jordanian security forces are seen on December 19, 2016 during the funeral of victims who were killed a day earlier in an attack at in Karak, a tourist destination, around 120 kilometres (70 miles) south of the capital Amman. KHALIL MAZRAAWI/AFP/Getty Images

GREFILLAH, Jordan – A witness says that in the latest deadly attack in Jordan, security forces walked into an ambush at a militants’ hideout.

Tuesday’s attack, which killed four policemen, was the most recent in a series of deadly gunbattles in central Karak province that have shaken the pro-Western kingdom.

Witness Rami al-Maaytah said on Wednesday that the man who led the police to a suspected hideout the previous day ran into the house and opened fire on the officers from the roof.

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In all, 14 people were killed this week, including 11 members of the security forces, two civilians and a Canadian tourist. Five gunmen also died.

The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for attacks on Sunday that spurred searches for more suspects, including in the village of Grefillah in Karak.

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