Former Jordanian MP shot in tribal clash
Bedouin tribes in the Jordanian desert. Tribalism has often been the cause of conflict in Jordan. (Image credit: Getty)
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Former Irbid deputy Abdul Nasser Bani Hani was killed on Sunday night during a tribal clash in the northern governorate's district of Al Barha, according to a security source quoted in the Jordan Times.
Speaking on condition of anonymity, the source said that members belonging to Bani Hani tribe, a major constituent of Irbid's population, engaged in a clash on Sunday night during which guns and metal devices were used.
The former deputy was there, trying to separate the angry young men and to ease off the tension, the security source said, adding that Bani Hani was shot by a pump-action gun in the abdomen.
"Bani Hani [in his early 50s] was taken immediately to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead on arrival," the source said.
The perpetrator suspected of shooting at Bani Hani has been arrested, the source said.
The source also said that Bani Hani's brother was injured during the clash and is being treated now at Princess Basma Hospital in Irbid, some 90 kilometers north of the capital, describing him to be "in a very critical condition."
Talking to The Jordan Times from Al Barha District, the source described the security situation there as "calm and under control", with police and gendarmerie forces patrolling the densely populated neighborhood.
Last week, a group of unknown assailants set fire to the car of Deputy Qassem Bani Hani (Irbid, First District).
Abdul Nasser Bani Hani, used to be known more in Irbid and Parliament as "Abu Jamal", served in the 16th Parliament as representative of Irbid's First District.