Jordanian shooter revealed he was on a journey to ‘heaven or hell’ in text message
Jordanian security forces and mourners carry the body of Kamal Malkawi, a Jordanian national who was killed the previous day in a shooting attack carried out by a Jordanian policeman at the International Police Training Centre in Al-Muwaqqar, during his funeral on November 10, 2015 in the city of Zarqa. (AFP/Khalil Mazraawi)
According to sources close to the family, Jordanian police officer Anwar Abu Zeid was allegedly showing some slightly more extremist tendencies in the days leading up to the shooting at a police training center where five contractors were killed, reports Reuters.
While Abu Zeid's family insists he was a pious, moderate Muslim, text message evidence is surfacing that may indicate otherwise.
Friends and security sources say Abu Zeid, age 29, sent a message via WhatsApp to friends saying he was going on a journey to “paradise or hell."
An unidentified security official quoted Abu Zeid as saying, "when we prepare our luggage for a journey ... we fear we may forget something, however small, and the longer the journey, the stronger the concern that we won’t forget anything... So what if we are going to a residence ... in paradise or hell.” It is unclear which day leading up to the tragic incident the message was sent.
No group has claimed the attack, and it remains unclear if Abu Zeid was part of a larger sleeper cell of jihadists.