Attacker stabs 3 tourists at popular Jordanian tourist site

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Three Mexican tourists and one Swiss were wounded along with four locals in Jordan on Wednesday when a man went on a stabbing rampage in Jerash city, a major tourist destination near ancient Roman ruins, Jordan's minister of health said.

A security officer was also hurt while trying to arrest the attacker, and all five victims have now been taken to hospital via ambulance.

The Jordanian police spokesman told A Jazeera that the attacker is under investigation to determine the reason for the attack.

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"We took the knife from him". He was later arrested by police.

Those attacks ended after four gunmen were shot and killed by Jordanian security forces during a standoff at Karak Castle, a Crusader fortress and popular tourist destination.

Marco Junipero Serra, who claimed to have witnessed the attack, said on Twitter that the knifeman was wearing "black militant gear including a head covering". Ten people were ultimately sentenced for carrying out the attack.

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Amman has played a significant role in the United States-led coalition fight against IS in Syria and Iraq, both of which neighbour Jordan. The Kingdom has seen a considerable increase in the number of foreign visitors.

Tourism is a mainstay of the Jordanian economy.

Attacks on tourists in Jordan are rare, but the latest incident comes as the country has been facing an economic crisis.

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Numbers have rebounded as spillover from the war in neighbouring Syria has abated, officials have said, with the government working to bring annual tourist arrivals back up to 7 million by 2020.

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