AMMAN, Jordan — An attacker stabbed at least eight people, including four tourists, on Wednesday in Jordan’s historic city of Jerash, north of the capital Amman, police said.
One Swiss and three Mexican tourists were wounded at the archaeological site, the Public Security Directorate said in a statement.
The Jordanians injured are two policemen, a tour guide and a bus driver.
Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard said the Mexican victims were two women and one man, and confirmed that one of them was in serious condition.
All eight were transferred to Jerash Public Hospital around 11 a.m. (0900 GMT), the hospital said.
Four of them are expected to be released from hospital on Thursday, Minister of Health Saad Jaber said, while two have been transferred by helicopter to a hospital in Amman because their condition was serious.
The tour guide and one policeman underwent operations after the first was stabbed in the stomach and the second in the spleen, which had to be removed, Jaber added. Two of the Mexican tourists will also remain under observation for a longer period, the minister said.
Ebrard said that Mexico is in contact with “the highest level of the Jordanian government” and that the king was also monitoring the situation.
“The individual who did this is under arrest. There is no motive to explain why he did this: We don’t know if it was a robbery, if he is a (mentally) unbalanced guy,” the minister said.
The attacker was arrested at the scene and is being questioned, the statement added without providing any details on his identity.
The Hala Akhbar website, which is close to the military, reported that the attacker was born in 1997 and lived at a Palestinian refugee camp in Jerash.
A video circulated on social media and news websites showed at least two people injured, with blood covering their torsos, while others tried to stop the bleeding and a woman shouted in Spanish.
Police called on citizens to stop sharing the video, saying it is a “legal violation” and hurts those injured and their families.
Jordan, a key pro-Western ally and a supporter of U.S.-led campaigns against Islamic State militants in neighboring Syria and Iraq, has experienced several deadly attacks in recent years.
In December 2016, at least 10 people were killed, including a Canadian tourist, in an attack claimed by the Islamic State extremist group in al-Karak city.
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