Gunmen attack police station south Jordan

19 June, 12:22

    (ANSAmed) - AMMAN, JUNE 19 - A group of armed men with automatic weapons attacked a police station in the southern Jordanian city of Maan late Tuesday, clashing with police forces inside the compound, but no injury was reported, said security sources and witnesses.

    The unknown group of men are said to be angry about the heavy handed policy of authorities to bring down wanted men in connection with recent unrest in the town, said a security source.

    Police forces inside the station fired in the air, and shot tear gas bombs at the assailants to disturb them, the police source told ANSA. He said the building was damaged heavily from the attack, which ended after a strong force of anti-riot arrived in the scene.

    The government said it transferred the police station from town centre to a security building outside the troubled town after recent waives of attacks.

    Conservative residents are angered by heavy handed security forces that have been carrying out a campaign to arrest several men wanted in connection with recent disturbances.

    Residents accuse authorities of using aggressive policy fore with locals, leading to the killing of several town residents during the past few days.

    The attack on the police station and the police campaign came two days after king Abdullah vowed to implement rule of the law in the town, vowing to bring to justice those responsible for creating unrest in the town.

    But residents insist the issue with authority runs deeper than a waive of arrest as they suffer from record unemployment, poor infrastructure and lack of projects to stimulate an army of unemployed young men.(ANSAmed).

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