Pentagon: 3 American servicemembers killed in Jordan attack
WASHINGTON — Three American servicemembers were killed Friday in an attack outside the gate of a military facility in Jordan where U.S. troops have been training local forces from Syria and Iraq to fight the Islamic State group, a Pentagon official said.
The Americans were in vehicles approaching the gate when they came under fire, Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook said in a prepared statement. He said it was not immediately clear what led to the attack.
“We are working closely with the government of Jordan to determine exactly what happened,” Cook said. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the loved ones of these servicemembers. We will provide more information as appropriate.”
One of the Americans died during the shooting and the two other servicemembers died later at a hospital from wounds sustained during the attack, said a U.S. official who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the incident publicly.
A Pentagon official initially reported only one American was killed in the attack and two servicemembers were injured. Early local reports out of Jordan said two Americans were killed. A Jordanian military officer was also injured in the incident, according to a statement from its military.
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