Saddam’s Son Reported In Amman Hospital With “Gunshot Wounds″
AMMAN, Jordan (AP) _ Saddam Hussein’s eldest son was being treated in an Amman hospital today for gunshot wounds he reportedly suffered in an assassination attempt, Iraqi and Jordanian sources said.
Baghdad has not commented on Kurdish rebel reports that Odai Hussein, 31, was shot last week, and there has been no independent confirmation. Adel Ibrahim, the spokesman at the Iraqi Embassy, denied today that the Iraqi leader’s son was hospitalized in Jordan.
Jordanian sources said Odai, 31, underwent surgery Monday shortly after he was admitted to the Hussein Medical Center, one of the most sophisticated clinics in the Middle East.
One Jordanian source said Odai was in the hospital’s intensive care unit, but refused to give details.
Two Iraqis in Amman, well-informed on Saddam’s family, said Odai had been shot in the neck and the abdomen.
The Iraqis, who insisted on anonymity for fear of reprisals, said Odai was flown by helicopter to Amman from the Iraqi border, 190 miles under tight security on Monday and taken directly to the hospital.
Hospital officials would not confirm the report Odai was being treated there. There were no overt signs of tightened security at the hospital, usually reserved for army officers and their families.
Kurdish rebels reported on Thursday that Odai had been wounded in an assassination attempt that occurred between March 14-16. The claim came amid recent reports from Iraq of a coup attempt, Kurdish dissent and military moves across the country.