Blast kills Jordanian troops at Syria border

Jun 21, 2016, 6:31 AM EDT
(Source: The U.S. Army/flickr)
(Source: The U.S. Army/flickr)

A car bomb struck near a makeshift refugee camp on the Syria-Jordan border, killing at least six Jordanian troops and wounding 14 others. The assault took place in the remote Rukban area, where thousands of Syrian refugees are stranded, awaiting entry in Jordan. The attack comes two weeks after a gunman barged into the General Intelligence Directorate office near Palestinian refugee camp of al Baqa'a and killed five Jordanian intelligence personnel.  

Jordan’s army destroyed a number of explosive-laden vehicles that were used in the assault, writes Reuters. Islamic State, which controls huge swathes of territories in Syria, has intensified attacks on Jordan, an active ally in the U.S.-led offensive against the militant group.

Jordan’s authorities didn’t release any information about the motive or affiliation of the attacker, notes Al Jazeera. Over the last two years, Jordan has scaled up efforts to rein in IS sympathizers and functionaries in the country, arresting hundreds of people for promoting the group’s extremist views on social media.

Jordan has been carrying out air strikes on IS in Syria since 2014, reports Middle East Eye. The Arab nation widened its assault on the group by joining the bombing campaign in Iraq after IS fighters killed one of its pilots.