Jordan denies reports Abdullah's caravan attacked by youths

June 13, 2011 17:20

Jordanian King Abdullah's motorcade was attacked by young men throwing stones and empty bottles during a visit to the southern city of Tafileh on Monday, AFP quoted a security official as saying.

"Part of the king's motorcade was attacked with stones and empty bottles by a group of men in their 20s and 30s a after the king's car entered Tafileh," the official stated. "Nobody was hurt and the motorcade changed its route," he added.

Jordanian government spokesman Taher Edwan subsequently denied the report as "totally baseless," the Associated Press reported.

""There was no attack whatsoever with empty bottles and stones," he said. "What happened is that a group of young Jordanians thronged the monarch's motorcade to shake hands with him." He said when police "pushed them away, there was a lot of shoving."

Abdullah was in the city, 200 kilometers south of the capital Amman, on a fact-finding trip to inspect infrastructure projects and hear his subjects' demands.

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