2015 Amman shooting attack
|Amman shooting attack|
|Location||Al-Muwaqqar, Amman, Jordan|
|Date||November 9, 2015|
|Mass shooting, workplace violence|
|Deaths||6 (including the perpetrator)|
|Perpetrator||Officer Anwar Abu Ubayd|
|Motive||Financial and psychological problems|
On 9 November 2015, a Jordanian police officer opened fire on a police training center staff during their lunch break at the cafeteria in Al-Muwaqqar, Amman, Jordan, killing four, including two Americans, a South African, and a Jordanian. Six others were injured, including three Americans, a Lebanese, and two Jordanians, one of whom later died. The gunman was then killed by a fellow Jordanian officer.
Although the attack took place on the tenth anniversary of the 2005 Amman bombings, investigations done in Jordan have confirmed that it was coincidental and that the attack was not affiliated to any terrorist groups. Rather, the motive of the mass shooting was "financial and psychological problems of the perpetrator". The mass shooting is an uncommon event in the secure country.
The attack was on personnel at the United States funded Jordan International Police Training Centre (JIPTC), a facility that principally trains Palestinian and Iraqi police officers. The facility is located in the Al-Muwaqqar district of the Amman Governorate, and is staffed by contractors from the United States and other countries. On the same day, King Abdullah of Jordan paid a visit to the wounded lying in the King Hussein Medical Center.
According to Jordanian Minister of the Interior Salameh Hammad, the investigation concluded that Abu Ubayd acted alone.
The two Jordanian translators who were killed were Kamal Malkawi and Awni Aqrabawi. The Americans were James "Damon" Creach (42), from New Tampa, Florida, and Lloyd "Carl" Fields Jr. of Cape Coral, Florida. They were employed by DynCorp International. The program they were working on is funded by the State Department's Bureau of Diplomatic Security and Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement.
The gunman was identified as police officer Anwar Bani Abdu, while Al-Rai newspaper, the government's official outlet, named the assailant as officer Anwar Abu Ubayd. The perpetrator was with the Jordanian criminal investigation department before he was transferred to the police training academy.
On 14 November, Jordanian government held a press conference to discuss the shooting. According to Minister of Inferior Affairs Salameh Hammad, the officer was declared a lone wolf, and that the motives of the shooting were not related to any terrorist organizations, rather "financial and psychological problems of the perpetrator".
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