Police in Jordan have identified the man who opened fire on a group of tourists on Monday, killing a British man and injuring six other people. Nabeel Ahmed Issa Jaourah was arrested after the shooting in a Roman amphitheatre in the capital Amman. According to the Jordanian Interior Minister it was undoubtedly a terrorist attack, unless the gunman is found to be deranged. Jaourah, a 37 year old Jordanian national, is from Rusaifa, a hub for Muslim militants and the hometown of the ex-al-Qaida leader in Iraq Abu Musab al-Zarqawi.
Twenty-two year old Ashley Blari, an Australian woman injured in the shooting spree has spoken of her ordeal: “We were walking up some stairs at a theatre and a man came up hehind us and started to shoot and all I can remember is one of my friends falling over and then a really nice man from a shop came and told us to hide in his store.”
Initial investigations suggest the gunman acted alone and is not linked to any radical group. The shooting is the first incident since al-Qaida suicide bombers targeted hotel resorts last November killing 60 people.