Jordan court hands death sentence to attacker of intelligence office

A Jordanian court sentenced a man to death by hanging after convicting him of a deadly attack on an intelligence services office two months ago, state news agency Petra reported Thursday.

The state security court also handed down a one-year jail term to a co-defendant on charges of selling the machine gun used in the June 6 attack, Petra added. Both rulings can be appealed.

The main defendant was identified as Mahmoud Masharfeh, a 22-year-old Jordanian national.

Five people were killed in the attack near a Palestinian refugee camp north of the capital, Amman.

Jordan is generally a stable country but it is surrounded by neighbours in turmoil such as Iraq and Syria.

Jordan is part of a US-led air alliance against Islamic State in Syria.

In recent months, Jordanian authorities have cracked down on Islamic State sympathizers since the extremist group's rise to prominence in 2014.

Last update: Thu, 04/08/2016 - 12:48

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