Jordanian intel killed in terror attack

Jun 06, 2016, 6:34 AM EDT
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A terrorist attack at a Palestinian refugee camp on the outskirts of Jordan’s capital, Amman, killed five people, with at least three of them being the country’s intelligence officers.

Government spokesman Mohammed Momani condemned the “cowardly” act that targeted the intelligence agency personnel deployed at the Baqaa camp, which houses more than 100,000 refugees.

The assault took place at about 7 a.m. local time, said officials, who didn't share any other details, writes Reuters. While a few media outlets said that all five people killed were intelligence officers; others claimed only three were intelligence personnel.

Jordan, which has been playing an active role in the U.S.-led military offensive against the Islamic State, has rarely faced such attacks, notes The Guardian. Officials speculate the strike could be in retaliation for the killing of several IS sympathizers during a security operation earlier this year in the northern city of Irbid.

The Baqaa camp was set up in 1968 to provide shelter to those who fled the West Bank and Gaza Strip after the 1967 Arab-Israeli war, reports the BBC. The United Nations Refugee Welfare Association has expressed concern about unemployment, poverty and the need for structural repair in Baqaa, the largest camp in Jordan.