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Police investigate suspected suicide at Abdoun Bridge

By Rana Husseini - Jun 23,2016 - Last updated at Jun 23,2016

AMMAN — Police say they are investigating a “possible suicide” at Abdoun Bridge in Amman on Wednesday.

A man, believed to be in his 50s, allegedly “jumped from Abdoun Bridge in the morning and fell on the asphalt street”, Public Security Department Spokesperson Lt. Col. Amer Sartawi said.

“We still don’t know the motive because the man jumped before anyone could intervene,” the police official told The Jordan Times.

Sartawi said investigators are trying to identify the man.

“We did not find any identification on the victim and we are currently trying to identify him so that we can learn more about the circumstances surrounding his death,” he added.

Amman Criminal Court Prosecutor Mohammad Abul Ghanam, who witnessed the autopsy of the victim at the University of Jordan (UJ) Hospital, refused to reveal the results, citing the ongoing investigation.

“I have ordered that blood and tissue samples taken from the victim be sent to the crime lab for analysis,” Abul Ghanam told The Jordan Times.

Forensics at the UJ hospital were also tight-lipped about the autopsy results.

“We cannot reveal any information about the autopsy or the condition of the victim’s body because the case is in the judiciary’s hands,” pathologist Mohammad Shalabi told The Jordan Times.

This is the second incident to occur on the same bridge in less than a week.

Last Thursday, officials thwarted a suicide attempt by a man who threatened to push his three children and jump off the bridge.

 

The man, who complained of financial constraints and difficult living conditions, had reportedly poured kerosene on his three children and threatened to set them ablaze, but police and rescue officers convinced him to abandon his plans.

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