Jordan minister: Stabbing of tourist an ‘isolated’ incident
A German tourist was stabbed in Jordan's capital Amman, apparently by a Jordanian extremist who was arrested by the authorities.
Amman -- A German tourist was stabbed in Jordan's capital Amman Friday, apparently by a Jordanian extremist who was arrested by the authorities.
A government minister described the attack as an "isolated" incident.
"It is an isolated incident that occurs in any country," Interior Minister Eid al-Fayez said at the hospital where the German citizen underwent successful surgery.
The German tourist, who was walking near the Husseini Grand Mosque shortly before Friday prayers, was stabbed by a "a crazy man" and a committee has been set up to investigate the motives, said al-Fayez, who doubles as acting prime minister.
Neither the Jordanian authorities nor the German embassy would identify the stabbed German citizen. Both sides said he was in a "stable condition."
The deputy head of the German diplomatic mission Hans-Udo Muzel told Deutsche Presse-Agentur dpa that the man's relatives in Germany had been informed about the developments. "We are not committed to give his name," he added.
It was the first incident of its type since a Jordanian of Palestinian origin killed a British tourist at the Roman Amphitheatre in downtown Amman in September 2006, citing the killing of two of his brothers in the 1982 Israeli invasion of Lebanon as the motive.
Friday's attack coincided with a campaign entitled "The Prophet Unites Us", which sought to persuade Jordanians to boycott Danish products as a response to the reprinting by 17 Danish newspapers last month of cartoons deemed "blasphemous" to the Prophet Mohammed.
At lest 38 Jordanian members of parliament on Wednesday urged the government to sever diplomatic ties with Denmark "immediately" in retaliation for the reprinting of the pictures, which appeared for the first time two years ago in the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten and were reprinted by several European papers.
DPA with Expatica