Jordan says explosive device behind blast that killed policeman

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Jordan said on Saturday four people were killed during a police raid on a house sheltering militants suspected of being behind a bomb attack on a police van.

Jordan's government spokeswoman says the number of police officers killed in the storming of a suspected militants' hideout has risen to three.

Security forces have been extra vigilant since the start of this year with warnings that sympathisers of Islamic State could launch revenge attacks after the militants were driven out of most of the territory they once controlled in Syria and Iraq.

Ghuneimat initially said one officer was killed, but later updated the death toll to four.

The police vehicle had been maintaining security near a music festival in the majority Christian town of Fuhais, near the capital Amman and 15 kms (about 10 miles) from Salt.

Security forces chasing the suspects zeroed in on a multi-story building in the town of Salt, near Fuheis, and attempted to storm it late Saturday.

Security forces had been deployed to protect the town's annual cultural festival.

Ambulances were seen rushing to the main city hospital from near the building in a residential area of Salt that was sealed off by police, Reuters reported.

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The Hala Akhbar news website linked to Jordan's military said the suspects are Jordanians and that the cell had planned to attack security installations and other sensitive targets.

Twenty people were also injured, when a building collapsed during the raid, according to Al-Arabiya.

A member of Jordan's security forces has lost his life and six others sustained injuries when an explosion struck a patrol van at a music festival near the capital Amman.

Prime Minister Omar Razzaz portrayed Friday's bombing as a "terrorist attack".

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for Friday's bomb blast and the identity of the suspects in Salt was not immediately known.

Ghneimat said that the security forces raided the house in Salt after receiving a tip.

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

An official source at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs reiterated the Kingdom's solidarity with Jordan against that country's fight against terrorism and extremism.

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