Iraq condemns terrorist operation in Jordan, urges world countries to fight extremism

Spokesman for the Foreign Ministry of Foreign Affairs Ahmed Mahjoob

Baghdad ( – The Iraqi Ministry of Foreign Affairs has condemned a terrorist attack that targeted security forces in Jordan on Friday, leaving a gendarme dead and six others injured.

In a statement, quoted by Al-Tahrir News on Sunday, spokesman for the Iraqi Foreign Ministry Ahmed Mahjoob voiced Iraq’s solidarity with the Jordan government and people and its support for the kingdom in its fight against terrorist groups.

“The ministry calls on the world countries to cooperate with each other to face the threat of terrorism, dry up the funding resources of terrorism and eliminate the extremist ideology,” the statement read.

Jordanian security on Saturday raided the hideout of a terrorist cell suspected of being behind an improvised explosive device explosion in Fuhais, outside Amman, on Friday, which left a gendarme dead and six others injured.

Jordanian Minister for Media Affairs, Jumana Ghunimat, said security forces received intelligence that the suspects were hiding in a house in Salt, northwest of Amman, and raided the house.

She added that the suspects refused to turn themselves in and opened heavy fire on the security forces and blew up the house, which they had already planted with explosives.

The explosion, Ghunimat added, brought part of the building down. One member of the security forces was killed and several others, including civilians, were injured, Ghunimat, who is also the government spokesperson, said.

She indicated that three of the suspects were arrested and the operation was still underway.

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