Over 1,000 attend Hattar’s funeral, Jordan’s King Abdullah to pay respects to family

Published September 29th, 2016 - 09:21 GMT
Mourners chant slogans and wave the national flag during the funeral of Jordanian writer Nahed Hattar, who was shot dead earlier this week outside an Amman court, in the town of Fuheis, 20km northwest of the capital Amman on September 28, 2016. (AFP/Khalil Mazraawi)
Mourners chant slogans and wave the national flag during the funeral of Jordanian writer Nahed Hattar, who was shot dead earlier this week outside an Amman court, in the town of Fuheis, 20km northwest of the capital Amman on September 28, 2016. (AFP/Khalil Mazraawi)

In Jordan, more than a thousand people have attended the funeral of a Christian writer who was shot dead outside a court.

Nahed Hattar was to stand trial after sharing on social media a cartoon image seen as insulting Islam.

The writer was shot by a former Muslim preacher on the steps of the courthouse on Sunday.

The assailant gave himself up to the police near the scene.

Hattar was laid to rest in his hometown of Al-Fuheis.

His death has shaken a country unaccustomed to such killings and raised fears of tensions between Muslims and the minority Christians who wield political and economic influence.

Jordan's King Abdullah will also pay respects and offer condolences to the Hattar family. A number of notables and elders from the Fuheis community are expected to greet the King during the visit, Khaberni reported.

Editor's note: This article has been edited from the source material.


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