I’m hoping this is just a case of a crazy man acting independently and not affiliated with AlQueda.
A British tourist has been killed and five others wounded when a man opened fire on them in Amman, a Jordanian government spokesman said. The other tourists injured in the attack were two British women, an Australian woman, a New Zealand woman and a Dutchman.
A security source said a man, identified as an Iraqi national, was arrested by police who cordoned off the site of the attack near the Roman amphitheatre in the central area of the capital.
“I was walking when I saw someone pull out a pistol from his pocket and start shouting Allahu Akbar (God is Greatest) and fire repeatedly,” Mohammad Jawad Ali, an Iraqi who witnessed the shooting, told Reuters. “Then I saw one tourist who appeared to be dead and three who were injured. They were in a group of seven. A woman told me they were tourists from New Zealand and England.”
Jordanian police and officials had no immediate comment and no group claimed responsibility for the attack. [source]
According to Jordanian Al-Ghad newspaper, Interior Minister Al-Fayez has denounced the “terrorist act”…“in the name of the King, government and people”. Earlier reports that it was “two gunmen” (one of them Iraqi) have been denied (corrected).
Al-Ghad also reports according to witnesses that there were 13 to 15 shots fired; the gunman emptied an entire round and then reloaded. It also reported that a police sergeant was injured when trying to apprehend the terrorist who was soon after brought down and captured by street vendors at the entrance of the Roman theater as well as a street cleaner.
Update #2: An official source has leaked the name of the terrorist as Nabil Ahmad Isa Jaora, born 1968 of Jordanian nationality.