5 Syrians convicted in IS blast that led to Jordan closure

The cross-border attack, launched from near the Rukban border camp for displaced Syrians, killed seven Jordanian border guards.

4 December 2017 | 12:47

Source: Associated Press

  • Source: Associated Press
  • Last update: 4 December 2017 | 12:47

This photo shows a Jordanian soldier standing guard at the northeastern border with Syria, close to the informal Rukban camp for displaced Syrians. Feb. 14, 2017. (AP Photo)

AMMAN, Jordan: Jordan's state security court has convicted five Syrians of helping Islamic State militants carry out a 2016 car bomb attack that led to the closure of the Syrian-Jordanian border.

The court on Monday imposed the death penalty on one defendant and sentenced three to life in prison. A fifth was sentenced to two years in prison.

The cross-border attack, launched from near the Rukban border camp for displaced Syrians, killed seven Jordanian border guards. In response, Jordan sealed the border.

The defendants collected information about Jordan's military positions on the border for IS. He says four admitted receiving monthly payments from IS, according to Judge Mohammed Afif.

The defendant who was sentenced to death had filmed the attack on his mobile phone and given the footage to IS, according to the judge.



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