Jordan intercepts infiltrators to Israel: Kills 2, wounds 2

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Tuesday, October 14, 2003

AMMAN Jordan has foiled an insurgency attack against Israel. Jordanian Information Minister Nabil Sharif said Jordanian soldiers killed two insurgents and wounded two others as they tried to cross the northern Jordanian border into Israeli-held territory. Sharif said the two injured insurgents were captured.

"The troops returned fire and killed two of the assailants while the other two were wounded and captured," Sharif said.

Sharif said the insurgents tried to infiltrate Israel at dawn on Monday when they were spotted by border guards near the village of Wakas in Jordan's Ahwar region on the eastern bank of the Jordan River. He said insurgents opened fire as they attempted to cross the river to the Israeli-controlled West Bank.

The Jordanian soldiers later found automatic rifles and ammunition with the insurgents, Sharif said. He would not elaborate.

The clash was the first attempted insurgency infiltration from Jordan since before the U.S.-led war in Iraq in March. Sharif did not identify the dead insurgents.

Israel and Jordan are said to have close military and security relations. The two countries have established an early-warning system to relay alerts regarding infiltration and insurgency attacks.

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