Israeli ‘kills attacker’ at Jordan embassy


An Israeli guard has shot dead a Jordanian who attacked him with a screwdriver next to the Israeli embassy in Jordan, Israeli officials say.

A second Jordanian was inadvertently killed in the gunfire, Israel says. The guard was reportedly wounded.

The attacker was a carpenter working in a residential building used by the embassy, an Israeli statement said.

It is one of the most serious incidents between the two countries since they signed a peace treaty in 1994.

The second Jordanian, who died from his wounds in hospital, was identified as the building’s landlord.

Jordanian police have sealed off the area around the heavily protected embassy in the Rabiyeh neighbourhood, an affluent part of the capital city.

According to the Vienna Convention of 1961 the security man has immunity from investigation and arrest, the Israeli foreign ministry said.

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Source: BBC