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Tourists Injured In Stabbing Rampage At Major Tourist Hotspot

Jordan's minister of health said three Mexicans and one Swiss tourist were wounded along with four Jordanians when a man went on a stabbing rampage in Jersah city, a major tourist destination near ancient Roman ruins.

Four of those injured had moderate to serious wounds and the others light ones, Fayez Jaber told Reuters, giving gave no further details.

But a security source said that along with the tour guide, three other Jordanians, including a policeman, were hurt before the attacker was subdued and arrested.

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Tourist, who was injured in a stabbing, is brought into King Hussein Medical Centre. Image: Reuters.

Sources had earlier mistakenly said three of the wounded tourists were Spaniards.

Jerash is famed for its Roman ruins.

Videos posted on social media showed a bleeding woman lying on the floor and another panic-stricken woman in a blood-stained T-shirt.

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People walk along the ruins of the ancient Roman city of Jerash. Image: Reuters.

The official Petra news site said the most seriously wounded were airlifted to hospital by helicopter.

Jordan has seen a surge in tourism in the last two years and is considered by tour operators as one of the safest tourist destinations in the Middle East.

A 2016 attack by the Islamic State group killed 14 people, including a Canadian tourist.