Incident Summary:

11/09/2015: An assailant opened fire on police trainers while shouting "Allah Akbar" at the Jordanian International Police Training Centre (JIPTC) in Muwaqqar city, Amman province, Jordan. In the ensuing clash, the assailant and at least five other people, including two Americans, two Jordanians, and one South African, were killed and seven people, including two Americans, were wounded. Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) claimed responsibility for the incident. However, other sources denied this claim and believed the assailant, Anwar Abu Zaid, had self-radicalized.




Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:


Near Muwaqqar

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity DynCorp
Specific Description Trainers
Nationality of Target United States
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity South African National Defense Force (SANDF)
Specific Description Trainer
Nationality of Target South Africa
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity Jordanian International Police Training Centre (JIPTC)
Specific Description Training Center
Nationality of Target Jordan
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Unknown
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Automatic Weapon
Weapon Details
A Kalashnikov was used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Additional Information Casualty numbers for this attack conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the majority reliable estimates are reported here.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) (suspected) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Posted to website, blog, etc.)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 6 Fatalities / 7 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 6
Number of U.S. Fatalities 2
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 7
Number of U.S. Injured 2
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Jordanian killer was on a journey to 'paradise or hell'," Reuters, November 11, 2015.
"Twitter Seeks Dismissal Of Suit That Alleges It Provided 'Material Support' To ISIS," CBS Local Los Angeles, March 14, 2016.
"Jordanian killer was on a journey to 'paradise or hell' – Investigators ask if he was lone wolf or part of a cell," Kuwait Times, November 14, 2015.