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A man “dressed in a black uniform” and with his face masked attacked tourists around noon near the Roman ruins of Jerash, a tourist site located about 50 km north of Amman.
Three Mexican tourists and a Swiss woman were injured with their guide, according to local media reports
Two officers of the Directorate General of Security and a bus driver were also injured during the arrest of the attacker, security officials said.
The eitht victims were transported to the hospital by ambulance.
This is not the first time that Jordanian tourist sites have been attacked
In December 2016, an attack on the Karak tourist site, 120 kilometres south of Amman, killed 10 people – seven police officers, two Jordanian civilians and a Canadian tourist – and injured 30. The attack was claimed by the Islamic State.
Ten people were sentenced to sentences ranging from three years in prison to the death penalty.
Jordan is known for its splendid archaeological sites, which are among the most important in the Middle East, such as Petra, one of the seven wonders of the world, or the Roman temple of Jerash.
The Wadi Rum desert and the Dead Sea are also among its tourist attractions.
Tourism is one of Jordan’s main resources.