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Amman - Jordan Releases Soldier Who Killed 7 Israeli Girls In 1997

Published on: March 11, 2017 10:00 PM
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Ahmad Daqamseh, a Jordanian soldier convicted of killing seven Israeli schoolgirls on March 13, 1997, is seen at Um Alluol prison in the city of Mafraq, Jordan, August 7, 2012. Picture taken August 7, 2012. REUTERS/Muhammad Hamed -Ahmad Daqamseh, a Jordanian soldier convicted of killing seven Israeli schoolgirls on March 13, 1997, is seen at Um Alluol prison in the city of Mafraq, Jordan, August 7, 2012. Picture taken August 7, 2012. REUTERS/Muhammad Hamed -

Amman, Jordan - A military spokesman says Jordan released a soldier who killed seven Israeli schoolgirls during a class trip to his country in 1997.

Spokesman Amer Sartawi says Ahmed Daqamseh was released early Sunday, after serving 20 years in prison. Daqamseh had killed the girls in a shooting rampage at the “Island of Peace” border post.

A military court deemed him mentally unstable at the time and sentenced him to life in prison, which in Jordan typically means 25 years. Jordanian lawmakers lobbied for his early release.

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King Hussein, Jordan’s ruler in 1997, paid a rare visit to Israel after the shooting to express his condolences to the girls’ parents.

The shooting came three years after Israel and Jordan signed a peace treaty.



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