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A Canadian tourist and 4 police officers have been killed in a Jordan shooting

Five people were killed and nine injured in multiple shootings in and near Karak, Jordan, on Sunday, including an attack at a 900-year-old castle that is a popular tourist attraction. Among the dead was a woman visiting from Canada as well as four Jordanian police officers.

The shooters, some of whom have taken refuge and perhaps hostages inside the castle, have not been identified, and no terrorist organization has claimed responsibility for the incident so far. The standoff at the castle may continue into the night; the fate of the gunmen at earlier attacks elsewhere in the city is presently unknown.

Jordan is an ally of the United States in opposition to the Islamic State and is usually comparatively safe from the extremist violence suffered in surrounding nations.