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Unidentified body found in Ain Ghazal

By Rana Husseini - Jan 17,2013 - Last updated at Jan 17,2013

AMMAN — Police on Thursday said they were trying to determine the identity of a man whose body was found dumped in a deserted area in Ain Ghazal.

The man, estimated to be in his 30s, was found lying face down by passers-by in Ain Ghazal, a neighbourhood between Amman and Zarqa, who immediately alerted the authorities, a senior official source said.

“The man had no identification on him and was fully clothed,” the source told The Jordan Times.

Criminal Court Prosecutor Anwar Abu Eid issued orders for the body to be transferred to the National Institute of Forensic Medicine (NIFM) for an autopsy, a second source said.

“The possibility of foul play is high, especially because the victim was found lying face down, which is an indication that someone dumped his body,” the second source added.

Determining the victim’s identity will help authorities learn more about the circumstances of his death, noted the second source, who is close to the investigation.

Meanwhile, an 18-year-old Tawjihi student died in Faqou District in Karak Governorate following clashes with police, an official source said.

The student died when a group of around 200 people, including the victim, allegedly attacked a police station in the district to protest the strict measures police were taking to monitor the ongoing General Secondary Certificate (Tawjihi) winter session exams, the source said.

“The police had escorted a student, who was trying to help other students at a school cheat on the exam, to the police station and a group of people attacked the station and threw rocks,” a Public Security Department (PSD) statement said.

Police and Gendarmerie forces that were called to the scene fired teargas to “disperse the angry protesters”, the source told The Jordan Times.

“The student died during the clashes but the circumstances behind his death remain unclear,” the source explained.

Several vehicles were damaged as a result of the violence, the PSD statement said.

The Karak criminal prosecutor formed a medical committee headed by pathologist Iwad Tarawneh to perform an autopsy on the victim at the Karak branch of the NIFM, according to the source.

“Results of the autopsy are expected to be released late Thursday night or early Friday morning,” the source added.

PSD Spokesperson Lt. Col. Mohammad Khatib was unavailable on Thursday evening to comment on the incidents.

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