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Jordanian King Abdullah II vows to eliminate terrorism

Aug. 12, 2018 4:01 P.M. (Updated: Aug. 13, 2018 10:59 A.M.)
AMMAN (Ma'an) -- The Jordanian King Abdullah II released a statement on Sunday, vowed to end the existence of terrorism, following a deadly terror attack in the town of al-Salt, Jordan.

The Jordanian King Abdullah II stressed that this cowardly act of terrorism and any action aimed at the security of Jordan "will only increase unity, strength, and determination to eradicate terrorism and its criminal gangs."

The Jordanian Minister of State for Media Affairs and Government Spokesperson, Jumana Ghunaimat, confirmed that Jordanian search teams pulled out three bodies of suspected terrorists from under the rubble of a collapsed building.

Ghunaimat said the bodies of three suspected terrorist were found and pulled out from under the rubble of a building they were using as a hideout in the town of al-Salt, near Jordan’s capital of Amman.

The three bodies were found hours after the militants opened fire and later detonated the building when they were cornered by security forces.

She added that the suspected terrorists refused to surrender and opened heavy fire toward the security forces.

Ghunaimat confirmed that the explosions killed four members of the Jordanian security forces, who were attempting to enter the building in search of the suspected terrorists.

Additionally, over 20 civilians and members of the security forces were injured due to the explosion.

The attack was among the deadliest between suspected terrorists and Jordanian security forces in recent years and raised new concerns about attempts by both domestic and foreign terrorists to destabilize the Jordanian kingdom.

Jordan has played a key role in an international military coalition that helped push back the extremist group Islamic State in neighboring Syria and Iraq.

The video below shows the hideout building collapsing in the town of al-Salt:
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