Watch: 5 dead, tourists taken hostage in Jordan

Canadian woman among dead in drive-by shooting attack in Jordanian tourist site.

David Rosenberg , | updated: 17:18

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At least 5 people are dead, 9 wounded, and an estimate 14 people held hostage in a standoff between gunmen and local police in the Karak Castle in Jordan.

Four Jordanian police officers and a female Canadian tourist were killed in a drive-by shooting attack just outside of the castle, a popular tourist attraction 70 miles south of Jordan’s capital of Amman.

Jordanian authorities say two separate shooting attacks took place before the assailants took hostages inside the castle.

Police have cordoned off the 900-year old Crusader edifice, where the hostages, believed to be tourists, remained trapped.

No group has yet taken responsibility for the attack.

In November, three US military trainers were shot and killed in an attack on the al-Jafr air base in Jordan.




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