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Minor arrested over sister’s shooting death in alleged honour crime

By Rana Husseini - Oct 18,2015 - Last updated at Oct 18,2015

AMMAN — A 25-year-old divorced woman was allegedly shot and killed by her minor brother in a so-called honour murder late Saturday night in Muwaqqar, official sources said on Sunday.

The victim, who was not identified by officials, died after being shot by her 17-year-old brother with a pump-action rifle while at their home, a senior official source said.

The suspect then reportedly headed to the nearest police station and turned himself in, the official source told The Jordan Times.

“Family honour is the possible reason for this murder,” the source maintained, adding that the “woman has been divorced for the past three months”.

The source added that police are questioning other family members “for the possibility of having another accomplice in the shooting incident”.

“It seems the woman was shot twice in the back and chest, which raises the possibility that there were two shooters,” the source explained.

Director of the National Institute of Forensic Medicine Kais Koussous said the victim was shot at close range based on an autopsy conducted by pathologist Adnan Abas and other government pathologists.

“The results indicated that the woman was shot with a pump-action rifle once in the back and once in the chest at very close range,” Koussous told The Jordan Times.

Police said they are investigating the incident.


The suspect will be questioned by a juvenile prosecutor since he is a minor.

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