Jordan ‘restores order’ to restive city

AMMAN — Jordan’s government said Wednesday it has restored order to the restive southern city of Maan a day after violent riots sparked by the murder this week of three men in a labour dispute.

“Calm and order have been restored in Maan and police have started to investigate the incidents,” Interior Minister Saad Hayel Srour was quoted as saying by the state-run Petra news agency.

“The government will not tolerate any attempts to harm stability and security.”

Angry rioters went on the rampage Tuesday after the funeral of three men who were killed on Monday by unknown assailants because they had been chosen over others to work on a major project in the city, a security official said.

More than 500 people set fire to municipality and court buildings as well as to police vehicles, police posts, civilian cars, shops and a petrol station, police said.

“Police started a manhunt last night to search for weapons and arrest the killers as well as those who were behind the vandalism,” another security official told AFP.

“According to witnesses, one man was responsible for the killings while eight other men are suspected of creating a fight that led to the murder of the three.”

Maan has a bloody and rebellious past that goes back to the turn of the last century, when the town was the seat of the Great Arab Revolt that crushed Ottoman rule.

In 1989, 12 people were killed when security forces intervened to put down riots over the cost of living.

Residents also clashed with police in January 2002 when a young man died during police detention.

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