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Jordanian military officer killed, three injured in shootout with smugglers

AMMAN (XINHUA) – An officer of the Jordanian Armed Forces was killed yesterday and three other border guards were injured in an exchange of fire with smugglers along the border with Syria, the state-run Petra news agency reported.

At dawn yesterday, a group of smugglers opened fire at Jordanian border guards, who fired back and forced the smugglers to return to the Syrian territories, the Petra news agency quoted a source at the Jordan Armed Forces (JAF) as saying.

The clash resulted in the death of captain Mohammad Khudayrat and the injury of three others, who were taken to a hospital for treatment, the source said.

Following an inspection of the area, the border guards seized large quantities of narcotics, the source said, adding that the security forces will deal firmly with any smuggling attempts.

In 2021, the JAF announced that it foiled around 361 smuggling attempts and confiscated large quantities of narcotics of several types.

Jordanian security forces at a funeral for victims who were killed in an attack in Karak. PHOTO: AFP