Sunday, March 12, 2017

Jordan releases soldier who killed 7 Israeli schoolgirls in 1997

This file photo taken on June 15, 1997 shows Jordanian soldier Ahmad Musa Mustafa Dakamseh 26 chats with a a Jordanian officer during his military trial in Amman. Four Israeli witnesses testified against Dakamseh who killed seven Israeli schoolgirls 13 March in a shooting spree near the Jordanian border with Israel. Ahmad Dakamseh was released on March 12, 2017 from the Bab al-Hawa prison in Irbid, 90 kilometres (60 miles) north of the capital Amman after serving 20 years in prison, a relative told AFP. In March 1997, he fired an automatic weapon at Israeli schoolgirls on a trip to the Jordan-Israel border, killing seven of them and wounding five others and a teacher. He had been sentenced to life imprisonment. It was never clear what motivated Dakamseh, who was 30 at the time and a married father of three.<br />JAMAL NASRALLAH / AFP

A Jordanian soldier who killed seven Israeli schoolgirls while they were on a school trip to Jordan in 1997 was released on Sunday after serving 20 years in prison, a relative told AFP.

“The authorities released Ahmad Dakamseh this Sunday around 1:00 am after he finished his jail term. He is now a free man,” his cousin Mohammed Yahya Dakamseh told AFP by phone.

Ahmad Dakamseh was released from the Bab al-Hawa prison in Irbid, 90 kilometres (60 miles) north of the capital Amman.

In March 1997, he fired an automatic weapon at Israeli schoolgirls on a trip to the Jordan-Israel border, killing seven of them and wounding five others and a teacher.

He had been sentenced to life imprisonment.

It was never clear what motivated Dakamseh, who was 30 at the time and a married father of three.

Source: AFP

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