SA condemns Jordan terrorist attack

Thursday, August 16, 2018

South Africa has condemned the bomb blast that killed five security officials at Jordan's west-central town of Salt.

“South Africa condemns in the strongest possible tone the continued targeting of civilians by terrorist organisations and further calls for the cessation of hostilities by terrorist organisations in the region,” DIRCO said in a statement on Thursday.

The Friday’s blast is believed to have targeted the annual Fuheis festival, a prominently Christian gathering that is mainly attended by families.

In a follow-up action, the Jordan police and security forces surrounded a house in the nearby town of Salt containing ISIS/Da’esh suspects and in the ensuing shootout, three terrorists and four security officers were killed.

Pretoria said they are praying with the people of Jordan and with the families of the fallen security officials who bravely sacrificed their lives.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack yet. –