Jordanian Writer Shot Dead In Front Of Court


AMMAN, JORDAN: A shooter on Sunday killed prominent Jordanian essayist Nahed Hattar outside a court where he was confronting charges for sharing a toon esteemed hostile to Islam, reported.

Hattar was struck by three shots before the attacker was captured, said Petra. Witnesses told Media that a man had opened flame before the court in Amman's Abdali region. The 56-year-old Christian was captured on August 13 in the wake of posting a toon taunting jihadists on his Facebook account.

He was charged with inciting sectarian strife and insulting Islam before being released on bail in early September.

Jordan is a leading member of the US-led coalition fighting the ISIS group in neighbouring Iraq and Syria, and was the target of a June 21 suicide bombing that killed seven border guards.
The kingdom has carried out air strikes targeting ISIS jihadists and hosts coalition troops on its territory.