Indian Tourist Killed by 'Stray Bullet' in Jordan

Published March 25th, 2001 - 02:00 GMT

An Indian tourist has died from gunshot wounds sustained while he was on a bus tour near the Jerash area on Wednesday, the Indian ambassador to Jordan confirmed on Saturday, quoted by Jordan Times.  

Ambassador Hercharan Singh Dhody was quoted by the paper as saying that the Jordanian authorities informed the embassy that initial investigations indicated that the man died after he was struck by a stray bullet.  

"Jordanian officials informed us that they will provide us with a final official report about the shooting incident soon," ambassador Dhody said.  

The man, part of a group of 19 Indian tourists visiting the Jerash and Ajloun touristic sites, was rushed to King Hussein Medical Centre where he later died of a single bullet wound to his head, according to officials, it added.  

A police official on Saturday said the man was sitting next to the window on the left side of the bus when the bullet struck.  

"We have established without any doubt that the Indian man was struck by a stray bullet probably fired during a wedding or by a hunter in the nearby area," stated head of the Public Relations Department Brigadier General Ahmad Omeirat –

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