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Jordan attack: foreign tourists among several stabbed in Jerash

Illustrative Tourists walk through the main street the South Cardo in the well preserved Ancient Roman city of Gerasa in the city of Jerash Jordan

Social media shows that one woman is lying on the ground bleeding, and another woman is wearing a blood-stained shirt.

Tourist injured in stabbing attack in Jerash - A number of tourists and a tour guide have been injured in a stabbing attack in the Jordanian city of Jerash.

Jordan's health minister, Saed Jaber, told reporters that all the injured were taken to a local hospital within 15 minutes.

Three Spanish tourists have been stabbed along with a security person near the Roman ruins in Jerash, Jordan, state newspaper al-Rai reported citing security sources.

One of the officers and a Mexican tourist were listed in serious condition and helicoptered to a hospital 30 miles away in Amman, authorities said.

The tourists, including three Mexicans and a Swiss, were attacked by a knife at the Jerash tourist attraction and the attacker was arrested.

Jerash is one of Jordan's main tourist attractions, popular with global visitors. A man sat nearby with an apparent wound to his leg.

The identity of the attacker or his motives were not announced. "The Jordanian government has supported us throughout this", he said.

The tourists, a tour guide and a security officer were stabbed near the Roman ruins for which the town is famous.

Such incidents are rare in Jordan, with the kingdom considered one of the Middle East's safest tourist destinations.

It has rarely seen attacks on foreign tourists.

The tourist sector has enjoyed a strong rebound over the past two years.