Carnage in Jordan

Deadly siege in Jordan as security forces free tourists trapped inside a medieval castle, amid reports a Canadian woman, two other civilians and four police officers were killed during exchange of gunfire. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.

KARAK, JORDAN (Reuters) – A deadly siege in Jordan after security forces freed tourists trapped inside a medieval castle Sunday.

Security sources say they stormed the building where armed men had taken shelter following a shootout with police.

A Canadian woman, two other civilians and four police officers were killed during the exchange of gunfire between the assailants and security forces. Sources say at least 29 people were taken to the hospital, some with serious injuries,

JORDANIAN MAN FROM KARAK, HUSSEIN SAOUB,

“What happened today is that a group of people who wanted to destroy, and their number is unknown, entered the governorate of Karak to create panic and disrupt the stability and security of Jordan through the heart of the country — the governorate of Karak.”

The identity of the assailants was not immediately clear.

Jordan is one of the few Arab states that have taken part in a U.S.-led air campaign against Islamic State militants holding territory in Syria.

But many Jordanians oppose their country’s involvement, saying it had killed fellow Muslims and raised security threats inside Jordan.