Jordan imposes media blackout

2016-06-07 17:24

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Amman - Jordan imposed a media blackout on Tuesday on all information about an attack the previous day that killed five intelligence officers, the official Petra news agency reported.

It said the sweeping ban covered not only traditional media such as newspapers and broadcasters, but also internet sites and social media networks.

The blackout comes just hours after the government spokesperson said a suspect had been arrested following Monday's shooting at the Palestinian refugee camp of Baqaa, north of Amman.

The five intelligence officers had been starting their shift when a lone gunman struck at their office in the largest of the kingdom's 10 official Palestinian refugee camps.

"Investigations are under way but early indications are that this was an isolated and individual act," government spokesperson Mohammed Momani said, announcing the arrest but without identifying the suspect.

There has been no claim of responsibility for the attack, which came on the first day of the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan.

Jordan is a leading member of the US-led coalition fighting the Islamic State group in neighbouring Iraq and Syria, and has been the target of jihadist attacks in the past.

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