Jordan’s king vows strong action after second terror attack

by WorldTribune Staff, June 21, 2016

An angry King Abdullah II said Jordan would respond with “an iron fist” after a car bomb killed six Jordanian security personnel on June 21.

There has been no claim of responsibility for the bombing which killed four border guards, one member of the security services and one member of the civil defense. Fourteen soldiers were also wounded in the attack near a makeshift camp that hosts thousands of Syrian refugees.

Jordan's King Abdullah II. /Reuters
Jordan’s King Abdullah II. /Reuters

“Jordan will respond with an iron fist against anyone who tries to tamper with its security and borders,” the king said as he met with senior military and other officials. “Such criminal acts will only increase our determination to confront terrorism and terror gangs that target army personnel who protect the security of the country and its borders.”

It was the second terror attack in Jordan this month.

Two weeks ago, a gunman killed five Jordanian intelligence officers in a Palestinian refugee camp north of Amman. A suspect was arrested but details of the attack have been kept under a gag order while the investigation continues.

Jordan is part of the U.S.-led coalition fighting the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL).

The Jordanian Army said the June 21 attack was carried out near a Syrian refugee camp “in no man’s land” near the Rukban border crossing in Jordan’s remote northeast.

The driver entered Jordanian territory through an opening used for humanitarian aid deliveries and blew himself up as he reached a military post, the army said.

Jordan says it hosts nearly 1.4 million Syrian refugees.