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One dead in attack on Jordan security patrol

A member of Jordan's security forces died and six were wounded when a bomb exploded under a patrol car at a music festival near Amman, the interior ministry said Saturday.

A Jordanian flag flutters above the Jordanian capital Amman on June 8, 2018
A Jordanian flag flutters above the Jordanian capital Amman on June 8, 2018 (AFP)

A member of Jordan's security forces died and six were wounded when a bomb exploded under a patrol car at a music festival near Amman, the interior ministry said Saturday.

The blast hit a security patrol in Al-Fuhais, 12 kilometres (8 miles) west of the capital on Friday evening, it said.

"It killed Sergeant Ali Adnan Qawqaza and wounded six other members of the patrol," the ministry said, adding that an investigation was underway into the cause of the blast.

Security forces had been deployed to protect the town's annual festival, which hosts prominent Arab music acts.

Jordan has played a key role in the US-led coalition fighting IS in neighbouring Syria and Iraq, using its air force and allowing coalition forces to use its bases.

The kingdom was hit by a string of jihadist attacks in 2016, including a suicide bombing in June that killed seven guards near the border with Syria that was claimed by IS.

Months later in December a shooting rampage, also claimed by IS, killed 10 people including a Canadian tourist.