US trainers killed in Jordan were State Dept contractors

2015-11-10 09:11
A US Marine watches a combined air and ground exercise during Eager Lion multinational military maneuvers in Quweira, south of Amman, Jordan. (AP)

A US Marine watches a combined air and ground exercise during Eager Lion multinational military maneuvers in Quweira, south of Amman, Jordan. (AP)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Washington - Two American police trainers shot dead in Jordan were employees of a firm contracted by the State Department to train Palestinian forces, a spokesperson said on Monday.

State Department spokesman John Kirby confirmed that the two Americans were among "several people" killed in the incident and that two more US citizens were wounded.

The dead Americans were employed by Virginia-based security and logistics company DynCorp International, under contract to a US government training program.

"We can confirm that two US trainers were killed and two wounded in an incident today at the Jordan International Police Training Center," Kirby said.

"We understand that others were also killed and that additional individuals were wounded," he added.

"An investigation has begun and it is premature to speculate about motive at this point.

"We understand that several people were killed, but I'm reticent to give out a final number as the numbers have changed a little bit throughout the day."

Separately, a spokeswoman for DynCorp International, confirmed that had shooter at the JIPTC had opened fire on a group that included company employees.

Jordanian-owned facility

"The company extends its thoughts and prayers to all involved and to their families and loved ones," she said, without confirming details of the incident.

Earlier, a Jordanian government spokesperson has said that a Jordanian policeman had shot dead two US instructors, a South African and two fellow Jordanians.

Kirby could not confirm further details of the Jordanian and US investigation and warned the final death toll could rise if more victims succumb to their wounds.

The International Police Training Center in Jordan was set up to train Iraqi police, but has recently focused on building up Palestinian security forces.

Kirby said DynCorp's work at the Jordanian-owned facility was paid for and overseen by the US State Department.

"The training is predominantly arranged for Palestinian security forces, to teach them basic police and security skills. It's been in place since 2008," he said.

"These individuals, the two that were killed were what we called 'monitors,' contracted through the State Department as trainer-monitors."

Read more on:    jordan  |  security

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

 
/News

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
Traffic
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.