Gunman kills prominent Jordanian writer Nahed Hattar charged over anti-Islam cartoon

A gunman on Sunday killed prominent Jordanian writer Nahed Hattar outside a court where he was facing charges for sharing a cartoon deemed offensive to Islam, state news agency Petra reported.

AFP September 25, 2016 15:31:46 IST
Gunman kills prominent Jordanian writer Nahed Hattar charged over anti-Islam cartoon

Amman: A gunman on Sunday killed prominent Jordanian writer Nahed Hattar outside a court where he was facing charges for sharing a cartoon deemed offensive to Islam, state news agency Petra reported.

Hattar was struck by three bullets before the assailant was arrested, said Petra.

Gunman kills prominent Jordanian writer Nahed Hattar charged over antiIslam cartoon

Jordanian writer Nahedh hattar. Twitter @hattarnahedh

Witnesses told AFP that a man had opened fire in front of the court in Amman's Abdali district.

The 56-year-old Christian was arrested on 13 August after posting a cartoon mocking jihadists on his Facebook account.

He was charged with inciting sectarian strife and insulting Islam before being released on bail in early September.

Jordan's attorney general had imposed a blackout on media coverage of the case.

Hattar removed the cartoon from his Facebook page after it triggered outrage on social media.

Jordan is a leading member of the US-led coalition fighting the Islamic State group in neighbouring Iraq and Syria, and was the target of a June 21 suicide bombing that killed seven border guards.

The kingdom has carried out air strikes targeting Islamic State jihadists and hosts coalition troops on its territory.

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