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Police officer injured while preventing robbery in Irbid

By Rana Husseini - Feb 20,2013 - Last updated at Feb 20,2013

AMMAN — A policeman was slightly injured Wednesday while preventing an armed robbery at a currency exchange shop in Irbid, 80km north of the capital, official sources said.

The officer was a member of a special unit that had been monitoring two men suspected of plotting armed robberies on the exchange shop and two local banks in the northern city, Public Security Department (PSD) Spokesperson Lt. Col. Mohammad Khatib said.

“We received a tip 14 days ago that the two men were planning to rob the banks and the shop today [Wednesday], so we monitored them and waited until they entered the shop and arrested them,” Khatib told The Jordan Times.

The two suspects put up strong resistance but were eventually arrested by the police unit, the PSD official said.

“The police officer was slightly injured in the hand after being stabbed by one of the men and is listed in good condition,” Khatib said.

Upon searching them, police found a loaded gun and sharp objects, he added.

Also on Wednesday, a man was arrested in Aqaba after reportedly shooting and injuring two of his family members late Tuesday night, according to Khatib.

The two men were rushed to a nearby hospital where they were listed in fair condition, he said.

“The suspect ran away from the area and was later arrested by police,” who are investigating the incident, Khatib noted.

A second source close to the investigation told The Jordan Times that initial investigation indicated that the “shooting was the result of a feud between the three men over rent money”.

Meanwhile, investigators in Jerash arrested a man who allegedly defrauded a man two years ago by selling him a fake golden statue for JD70,000, the PSD spokesperson said.

“The fraudster had not been seen since that time but police reviewed files of wanted persons and concluded that the suspect might be the one who defrauded the man,” Khatib added.

On Tuesday police received information that the suspect was hiding in a house in Jerash and “we arrested him without any major incident”, he noted.

When the man saw the suspect in a police line-up, “he immediately recognised him as the person who sold him the fake statue”, Khatib explained.

He added that the criminal prosecutor issued orders for the apprehended suspects to be detained pending further investigation.

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