Jordan: one killed, several injured in clashes with police

15 November, 13:26

(ANSAmed) - AMMAN, NOVEMBER 15 - One Jordanian was killed and a policeman was critically injured in clashes with security forces in two towns as part of nationwide protests against government increase of fuel prices, Jordan police said on Thursday.

The man was killed when a group of protesters tried to attack a police station in the northern city of Irbid in the early hours of Thursday, leading to clashes with security forces, said the police in a statement.

Exchange of gunfire was reported to have taken place before police pushed protesters away.

At least 14 people were injured including police men during the incident, which comes as part of nationwide protests that swept the kingdom in the aftermath of rise in fuel prices.

The policeman was shot in the neck Thursday in the central town of Shafa Badran during similar protests, said the police in a stamen.

Protesters had clashed with security forces in a number of cities and burnt government offices in cities of Salt, Maan, Karak and other parts, in the worst wave of violence since the Arab spring started last year.

In the southern city of Maan, hundreds of demonstrators clashed with police and torched two police vehicles.

Medical sources told ANSA dozens were injured but mostly light injuries resulting from inhalation of gas.(ANSAmed).

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