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Terror charge for Jordanian after German tourist stabbed

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Mar 23, 2008

AMMAN — A military prosecutor has charged a Jordanian man with terrorism after he allegedly stabbed a German tourist in central Amman more than a week ago, judiciary sources said on Sunday.

Mohammed Barham, 34, is accused of knifing the 63-year-old tourist near the Al-Husseini mosque on March 14. The charge that he committed a "terrorist act" must be approved by the attorney general before Barham stands trial before the state security court.

The German victim left hospital on Tuesday after undergoing an operation.

"The motives behind the attack have links with the incidents in the Gaza Strip," security sources said on Sunday without elaborating.

More than 130 Palestinians have been killed since February 27 when Israel launched a blitz on the Hamas-run enclave in response to rocket fire on southern Israel, provoking angry protests in Jordan and other countries.

Interior Minister Eid Fayez has described the suspect as a "mentally deranged" man, who acted alone, and earlier ruled out terrorist motives.

Jordan is one of the most stable countries in the violence-wracked Middle East and has striven over the years to promote itself as a key tourist destination.

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Terror charge for Jordanian after German tourist stabbed
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