A lone attacker on Wednesday stabbed eight people, including four foreign tourists and their tour guide, at a popular archaeological site in northern Jordan.

Police said the victims were four Jordanians, three Mexican nationals, and one Swiss national. The identity of the attacker or his motives were not announced. He was later arrested by police.

The incident occurred at the ancient city of Jerash, about 50km (31 miles) north of the capital Amman, one of the country's top tourist destinations.

Police spokesperson Amer Sartawi said in a statement "several tourists, a tourist's guide and a police officer were stabbed" by a knife-wielding man in the city known for its Roman ruins.

Al Jazeera's Barbara Angopa has more.

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