Jordan’s police chief replaced after deadly Daesh attack

Jordanian security forces stand next to their armored vehicle at the scene next to Karak Castle, during an ongoing attack, in the central town of Karak, about 140 kilometers (87 miles) south of the capital Amman, Jordan. (AP)
Updated 11 January 2017
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Jordan’s police chief replaced after deadly Daesh attack

AMMAN: State media in Jordan say King Abdullah II has replaced the head of public security in the wake of deadly shootings that rattled the kingdom and exposed its vulnerability to attacks by Daesh. 
Jordan’s security establishment has been criticized for its handling of the December shootings in the central Karak province that killed 11 officers and three civilians, including a Canadian tourist.
The extremist group Daesh claimed responsibility for one of the attacks.
Jordanian media reported on Wednesday that a retired military officer, Maj. Gen. Ahmad Fatih, is replacing Maj. Gen. Atef Al-Saudi as head of the Public Security Directorate..
They said the king urged the new police chief in a letter to improve the skills of those under his command so they can carry their duties effectively.


Jordan MP, family members among 8 killed in road crash

Updated 22 April 2018
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Jordan MP, family members among 8 killed in road crash

  • Jordanian MP Mohammad Amamreh, his wife and three children were among the dead in the horror crash
  • Parliament speaker Atef Tarawneh cancelled Sunday’s Parliamentary session following the MP’s death

AMMAN: A Jordanian MP, his wife and three of his children were among eight people killed late Saturday when their car collided with a winch truck, a security source said.
The truck’s driver and his assistant were also killed in the crash on the desert highway south of Amman, along with MP Mohammad Amamreh, his wife, three children and his brother-in-law, the source said Sunday.
Parliament speaker Atef Tarawneh expressed his sorrow at the loss of Amamreh, a 53-year-old former army colonel from the southern Jordanian city of Maan.
Tarawneh decided to cancel a parliamentary session that was slated for Sunday, with a new date set for Monday, a statement said.
Jordan has a dire road safety record, with 750 people killed in 2016, nearly 150 more than the previous year.
Accidents are often attributed to the poor state of roads, disregard for driving rules and bad weather conditions, including sandstorms.
The desert highway that stretches from Amman to the southern port city of Aqaba is often the scene of fatal crashes.