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International condolences, condemnations continue over Karak attack

By JT - Dec 20,2016 - Last updated at Dec 20,2016

AMMAN — His Majesty King Abdullah on Tuesday received a cable from Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah, who expressed his condolences over the death of security officers and innocent civilians in the terror attack in Karak on Sunday.

Sheikh Sabah, in the cable, voiced his condemnation of the “heinous criminal act”, stressing his country’s support to the Kingdom in fighting terrorism and wishing the injured a speedy recovery, according to a Royal Court statement.

Ten people, including security personnel and civilians were killed in the attack, and 34 people were injured.

King Abdullah received a similar cable from Italian President Sergio Mattarella, who voiced his condolences over the loss of life in the terrorist attack and wished the injured a speedy recovery.

Mattarella denounced the attack, which he described as “cowardly “.

His Majesty also received a phone call from Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, who expressed his condolences and sympathies over the loss of life in the Karak attack.

Abbas condemned the “heinous, criminal act”, stressing Palestine’s support for Jordan in the fight against terrorism.

Several international entities also denounced the Karak terror attack on Tuesday, the Jordan News Agency, Petra, reported. 

The Muslim Council of Elders, headed by Grand Imam of Al Azhar Al Sharif Sheikh Ahmad Al Tayyib, expressed its condemnation of the terrorist attacks that happened over the past few days in Jordan, Yemen, Turkey, Germany and Switzerland.

Ali Nuaimi, secretary general of the council, said that these attacks highlight the need for religious leaders, media outlets and international organisations to unite against the threats of extremist ideologies.

UK Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs Boris Johnson condemned the Karak attack. 

He voiced his country’s condolences to the families of the security personnel and the civilians who died, wishing the injured a speedy recovery. 

France also condemned the attack, voicing solidarity with Jordan and Canada, the home country of one of the victims, and its stance to fight terrorism alongside the Kingdom.


Gulf Cooperation Council Secretary General Abdullatif Al Zayani condemned the attack and expressed his condolences to Jordanians and the families of those who were killed in the line of duty.

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