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Monday, July 21, 2008

Americans traveling in Jordan warned

AMMAN — The U.S. embassy has warned Americans against travel in Jordan.

The embassy urged Americans to stay away from downtown Amman, particularly the site of a shooting attack on July 16. The attack by a Jordanian of Palestinian origin outside the ancient Roman Theater in Hashimiyah Square injured six people, most of them tourists, Middle East Newsline reported.

"In light of this event, and three previous attacks in that vicinity since 2006, Embassy Amman has advised its personnel to avoid the area for 30 days while the security situation is being reviewed," the U.S. embassy said on July 17.

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The 18-year-old gunmen, Thaer Al Wahidi, shot himself in the head and later died. Jordanian officials said Al Wahidi did not have "political or terrorism" connections.

"Regardless of where you travel in the Middle East, Embassy Amman advises American citizens to be mindful of the general security situation, as outlined below in the new Worldwide Caution," the embassy said in a warden message.

"Maintain a high level of personal security awareness at all times, particularly where people congregate, including restaurants, hotels, clubs and shopping areas."


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