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Jordan arrests 44 after deadly fuel protests

A forensic team collects evidence in Maan, Jordan,  after a senior police officer was shot dead
— Amman (AFP)

Jordan has arrested dozens of people accused of involvement in protests against rising fuel prices in which a senior police officer was gunned down, the country's security agency said Saturday.

Colonel Abdul Razzaq Dalabeh, the deputy police chief of Maan province, died of a gunshot to the head in the town of Al-Husseiniya on Thursday while confronting what the authorities called "riots".

"Forty-four people who participated in the riots in a number of regions in the kingdom have been arrested and they will be brought before the courts," the Public Security Directorate said in a statement.

It said reinforcements had been sent to the provinces, and accused "vandals and outlaws" of being behind violence in Maan, in the country's south.

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