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More than 1000 attend funeral of slain Jordanian writer

More than 1000 attend funeral of slain Jordanian writer
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By Catherine Hardy with REUTERS
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Nahed Hattar was to stand trial after sharing on social media a cartoon image seen as insulting Islam. He was shot by a former Muslim preacher on the steps of the courthouse on Sunday.

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In Jordan, more than a thousand people have attended the funeral of a Christian writer who was shot dead outside a court.

Nahed Hattar was to stand trial after sharing on social media a cartoon image seen as insulting Islam.

The writer was shot by a former Muslim preacher on the steps of the courthouse on Sunday.

The assailant gave himself up to the police near the scene.

Hattar was laid to rest in his hometown of Al-Fuheis.

His death has shaken a country unaccustomed to such killings and raised fears of tensions between Muslims and the minority Christians who wield political and economic influence.

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