Jordanian security forces remain on alert next to Karak Castle during an ongoing attack.
Jordanian security forces remain on alert next to Karak Castle during an ongoing attack. Ben Curtis

Slain tourist was a 'giving and caring' person

A CANADIAN woman killed on Sunday during a terrorist attack in Jordan has been remembered as a "giving and caring” person by neighbours.

Linda Vatcher, 62, a retired teacher from Corner Brook, Newfoundland, was the only foreigner among 10 people killed after gunmen ambushed Jordanian police in a series of attacks in the southern city of Karak.

One ambush took place at a Crusader-era castle popular with tourists.

Seven Jordanian officers and two civilians were also killed.

A further 34 people, including Ms Vatcher's son, were injured in the shooting.

"We're flabbergasted,” one neighbour told the star.com.

"When you see it's your next-door neighbour who you're looking at every day as you pass by. To just look online and see her face and the headlines, it just freaks you right out.”

Jordanian security forces said they killed four "terrorist outlaws” after flushing them out of a castle where they had holed up.

Other tourists were believed to have been taken hostage inside, but were just trapped.



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