Jordanian writer Nahed Hattar assassinated outside supreme court

Published September 25th, 2016 - 07:34 GMT
Jordanian writer Nahed Hattar was assassinated in Amman on Sept. 25, 2016. (Twitter)
Jordanian writer Nahed Hattar was assassinated in Amman on Sept. 25, 2016. (Twitter)

Jordanian writer Nahed Hattar was assassinated Sunday in front of the supreme court in the capital, Amman, al-Ghad newspaper reported.

Hattar was killed after being shot with three bullets to the head. The shooter has been apprehended by security forces.

Al-Ghad reported that the killer entered Jordan on Saturday from a neighboring country, but it was not immediately clear from where.

Ammon News reported that the shooter was in fact a Jordanian citizen living in Amman, born in 1967, and described as religious. The killer's identity has not been released by authorities. 

Hattar was arrested last month after he shared a cartoon on his Facebook page lambasting Daesh and how the group envisions heaven. The cartoon shows the inside of a tent with a member of Daesh flanked by two women in bed with God peeking in through the tent’s opening. When God asks if the Daesh member needs anything, he replies that he'd like a beer, then the Daesh member repurposes several Islamic phrases from the 3rd person to the 2nd person in a mocking manner.

The cartoon sparked outrage on social media for perceived indelicacy on the subject, leading to a warrant for his arrest.

He was released on bail about two weeks ago, according to the Jordan Times. Hattar was headed to court Sunday morning when he was assassinated.

 


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