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Newsline: US embassy urges to avoid shooting area after Jordan policeman killed US, S. African instructors

The American embassy in Amman posted on its website a message for US citizens about the site of the shooting, urging them “to please avoid that area for the time being”. A Jordanian policeman shot dead two US instructors, a South African and two fellow Jordanians at a police training centre Monday before being gunned down, officials said. Government spokesman Mohammed Momani said the shooter also wounded two American instructors, four Jordanians and a Lebanese in the attack at the Jordanian International Police Training Centre (JIPTC). The assailant was shot dead by colleagues at the centre in Al-Muwaqqar, 30 kilometres (20 miles) east of Amman. Washington said the two Americans killed were employees of the private firm DynCorp contracted by the State Department to train Palestinian forces. The shooting sparked concern in Washington and was condemned by the US embassy in Amman. Jordan is a member of the US-led coalition fighting IS, which controls swathes of land in its neighbours Iraq and Syria. Earlier this year, US forces began training a small group of vetted Syrian rebels in Jordan.



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