Jordan says troops kill 12 suspected infiltrators from Syria
Jan. 23, 2016
AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — The military says Jordanian border guards opened fire on three dozen suspected infiltrators from Syria, killing 12 and wounding several others.
The border command has said it frequently intercepts smugglers trying to cross into Jordan. Saturday's shooting was the deadliest such incident in the border area in recent memory.
The military's website says border guards confiscated more than 2 million narcotics pills during the incident. It says some of the infiltrators were armed and that several returned to Syria.
Much of Jordan's border with Syria runs through remote desert. The military did not say where along the border the shooting took place.
The eastern part of the border is the main crossing route for Syrian refugees. Some 17,000 are stranded in the border area, awaiting entry to Jordan.