Four policemen were killed Tuesday in an exchange of fire with wanted men in a central Jordanian province where Islamic State (ISIS) terrorists had killed 10 people in a series of ambushes earlier this week, state media said.
According to the security source, the gunfight erupted as Jordanian security forces were conducting raids in the area in hopes of finding wanted militants.
It also warned against circulating false news, rumors or videos on social networks, which could harm the security campaign, demanding that the media rely only on official sources for information. Petra News said the cell targeted Tuesday was not connected to those involved in Sunday's attacks in Karak. The statement added that the police surrounded the house and the suspects opened fire on them.
Seven local security officers, two Jordanian civilians and a Canadian female tourist died in and near Karak. The Islamic State group on Tuesday claimed responsibility for the attack, saying it was carried out by four "soldiers of the caliphate" who used machine-guns and hand grenades.
The militants "took cover in the Karak castle, where there were nationals of the allied crusader coalition countries", the statement from the Islamic State said.
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Maaz al-Kassasbeh, a Jordanian fighter pilot from Karak, was captured by the militants when his plane went down in Syria in December 2014, and he was later burned alive in a cage.
The back-to-back violent clashes between security forces and armed men this week undermine the kingdom's claim to be an oasis of stability in a region increasingly threatened by Islamic extremists.
On Monday, Jordanian police said they found suicide belts and other explosives in the hideout of the suspects behind the attack. Officials worry about radical Islam's growing profile in Jordan.
Earlier this year, IS claimed responsibility for a deadly cross-border attack from Syria on a Jordanian border post.
Jordan is a member of the US -led coalition fighting ISIS in Iraq and Syria.