Gunman kills Jordanian Christian writer charged over anti-Islam cartoon
Journalist Nahed Hattar, about to go on trial, shot 3 times outside Amman court; shooting suspect arrested.
AMMAN — A gunman on Sunday killed prominent Jordanian writer Nahed Hattar outside a court where he was facing charges for sharing a cartoon deemed offensive to Islam, state news agency Petra reported.
Hattar was struck by three bullets before the assailant was arrested, said Petra. Witnesses told AFP that a man had opened fire in front of the court in Amman’s Abdali district.
The 56-year-old Christian was arrested on August 13 after posting a cartoon mocking jihadists on his Facebook account.
He was charged with inciting sectarian strife and insulting Islam before being released on bail in early September.
Jordan is a leading member of the US-led coalition fighting the Islamic State group in neighboring Iraq and Syria, and was the target of a June 21 suicide bombing that killed seven border guards.
The kingdom has carried out air strikes targeting IS jihadists and hosts coalition troops on its territory.
Original article courtesy of Times Of Israel