Gunman wounds 6 in Jordan's capital before shooting himself in the head

July 17, 2008 03:10


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A Palestinian gunman shot and wounded six people near a Roman amphitheater in Jordan's capital on Wednesday, authorities said. The gunman shot himself in the head as he was being chased by police, and was in critical condition, Jordan's state minister for information, Nasser Judeh, said. The six victims were not seriously injured, he added. A police official identified the assailant as Thaer al-Weheidi, 19, a resident of Baqaa camp, the largest of 11 Palestinian refugee settlements in Jordan. Judeh said the victims included four Lebanese, an Arab-Israeli woman and their Jordanian bus driver. First reports indicated all six were Lebanese.

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