WASHINGTON — The Department of State has confirmed that two U.S. government employees were killed and two others wounded in a shooting incident at the Jordan International Police Training Center, southeast of Amman, on Monday.
In a statement, the Jordanian government said “three contractors with the Public Security Department, including two Americans and a South African, along with a Jordanian civil employee were killed.”
“Our heartfelt condolences go out to the families of all of the victims,” the U.S. Embassy in Jordan, said in a special security message posted on its website.
Jordanian officials said a “police officer opened fire on the trainers and their colleagues, killing the four individuals and wounding five others, including two American trainers and three Jordanians.”
The shooter was killed at the scene by Jordanian police forces.
The state department said the investigation is ongoing and “it is premature to speculate on motive at this point.”
“We are working closely with the Government of Jordan and local security services on a full and comprehensive investigation,” the department said. “We strongly condemn this incident and we deeply appreciate the cooperation and support received from our Jordanian partners. The Embassy has not changed its security posture.”
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