AMMAN – Three Mexican tourists, a Swiss citizen and four locals were injured on Wednesday in a stabbing attack in the ancient city of Jerash, according to Jordanian security sources.
A man has been arrested over the incident.
In a statement, the Public Security Directorate said the attacker stabbed three Mexicans, a Swiss woman, a tour guide, two security men and a bus driver.
“The attacker was arrested on the spot and is being interrogated,” the statement said.
The security agency added the injured were transferred to nearby hospitals for medical treatment, without giving further details about their condition.
Some of the injured were in critical conditions and would be moved to an Amman hospital, medical sources told Efe.
Mexico’s embassy in Amman confirmed on Twitter that three of its citizens were wounded in the attack.
One of them was in serious condition while another underwent surgery, Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard said on Twitter.
“During a guided visit three Mexican tourists in the city of Jerash an individual – already detained by the authorities – attacked them with a knife,” he said.
The minister added that the Jordanian authorities had been helping the Mexican government.
Ebrard spoke with his Jordanian counterpart Ayman Safadi, who said the suspect would be investigated and punished.
According to Safadi, the king was following the case and had expressed his support for the victims and their families.
Jerash, located 30 kilometers (19 miles) north of the capital Amman, is a major tourist attraction in Jordan that includes several historical sites.
Inside what remains of the walls that once protected the city, a group of archaeologists discovered the remains of several settlements, the oldest of which is estimated to date back some 6,500 years ago.
The site, at 500 meters above sea level, offers spectacular views of the surroundings and is just one of the many archaeological sites, beaches, desert landscapes and mountains that every year attract a number of booming tourists.
Tourists who came to Jordan in the first nine months of 2019 increased 7 percent over the same period last year and exceeded four million people, according to the latest official data.