King remembers victims of Karak, one year after attack


Published: 2017-12-18 13:18

Last Updated: 2017-12-18 15:05

King Abdullah. (File photo)
King Abdullah. (File photo)
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Jordan’s King Abdullah II has paid tribute to those who died in the Al-Karak attack in southern Jordan, one year ago today.

On Twitter, King Abdullah sent his wishes to the families of those who died, stating: “Peace on our martyrs souls, and blessings to those who sacrificed themselves for the country. Peace on Al Karak Castle, and to the Jordanians who are redeemed and resistant." 

"Peace on every father, mother, son and daughter who sacrificed something so precious for the sake of the country to be impervious in the face of terrorism, and peace on this land that was always, and will be, producing men and a garden for martyrs,” he added. 

Jordan's Crown Prince Hussein also expressed his condolences to those who lost their lives in the attack, posting on Instagram: "A salute to the heroes who sacrificed their souls to #Karak and #OurJordan from the forces of darkness. A year on, Jordan continues to stand tall and determined in the face of evil. May the souls of our martyrs rest in peace." 

Gunmen linked to the so-called Islamic State killed 10 people, and injured many, on December 18, 2016, after a series of shootings took place in the city of Al-Karak in southern Jordan.

The attack came when a group of militants ambushed emergency responders and then moved into the city, attacking police patrols and the local police station before a starting a shoot-out in the historic Crusader-era Kerak Castle, a popular tourist attraction.