3 'terrorists' killed, five detained in Jordan raid
Bomb blasts targeting security forces are rare in Jordan, although the tiny desert kingdom has had to struggle with a rise in Muslim fundamentalism in recent years.
A joint unit of special forces, police and army troops raided a house in the town of Salt northwest of Amman in search of a suspected "terrorist cell", government spokeswoman Jumana Ghneimat said.
"The suspects refused to surrender and opened heavy fire toward a joint security force," Ghneimat said in a statement.
The suspects also "blew up the building in which they were hiding, and which they had booby-trapped earlier", she said.
In an update, early Sunday Ghneimat said that the three bodies, as well as automatic weapons, were found under the rubble of the building, a four-story block of apartments.
She added that two other "terrorists" were arrested, bringing the total number of people detained in Salt since Saturday to five.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility for Friday's bomb blast, which also wounded six other members of the patrol in Al-Fuhais, a mostly Christian town west of Amman. The identities of the suspects were not known.
One of the members of the security forces wounded during the raid was in "critical condition", Ghneimat said "A clean-up operation is still underway," she said, adding that units of the civil defense were at the scene to assess the damage at the building and sift through the rubble.
Ghneimat urged civilians to stay away, warning that "it could totally collapse at any minute".
Women and children were among those hurt, they said, without giving further details.
Ambulances, bulldozers, and police cars were deployed around the building in the Naqab al-Dabour residential neighborhood in Salt, the footage showed.
The government set up a crisis cell to follow the developments, the state-run Petra news agency reported.
Prime Minister Omar al-Razzaz, who chaired the meeting, vowed Saturday that Jordan would "not be complacent in the hunt for terrorists".
Jordan has played a key role in the US-led coalition fighting the Islamic State group in neighboring Syria and Iraq, using its air force against the jihadists and allowing coalition forces to use its bases.
The kingdom was hit by a string of attacks in 2016, including a shooting rampage claimed by IS that killed 10 people including a Canadian tourist in Karak, known for its Crusader castle.
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