Amman’s concerns over the rise of Salafist-Jihadist extremism grew on Monday,
after a Jordanian soldier was killed in clashes with eight armed militants
illegally attempting to cross the border with Syria.
According to an
official Jordanian Armed Forces source, Cpl. Muhammad Abdullah Manaseer
al-Abbadi was killed Sunday night by members of Takfiri – a Salafist movement
that condones acts of violence including suicide bombing, as a legitimate way to
achieve political goals.
“Another armed Takfiri group using Kalashnikov
rifles and guns tried to cross the border at midnight local time and clashed
with the Jordanian forces but all of the group was arrested and one of them was
critically injured,” according to Jordan’s Petra News Agency.