Five Jordanian Security Personnel Killed in Attack, Petra Says

Five Jordanian intelligence personnel were killed in an attack on their office in the Al-Baqaa Palestinian refugee camp north of the capital, Amman, on Monday, the official Petra news agency said.

Authorities are pursuing the perpetrators of the 7 a.m. assault, the agency said, citing Media Affairs Minister Mohammad Momani. It didn’t provide details.

U.S. ally Jordan has managed to fend off the instability that has affected other countries in the region during more than five years of conflict in neighboring Syria. Still, it faces risks from some of the hundreds of Jordanians who have joined Islamist militant groups, including Islamic State, in Syria.

In November, a police officer opened fire at a police training facility in Amman, killing two Americans, a South African and two Jordanians. After clashes with militants in the northern city of Irbid in March, Jordanian security forces said they had foiled an Islamic State plot to attack military and civilian targets.

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