2 Britons, 3 Iraqis killed in Jordan road accident

AMMAN, Jordan — Two British and three Iraqi women who took part in a U.N.-sponsored training course were killed in a road accident in Jordan, police and officials at the Iraqi and British embassies said Friday.

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Published: Fri 30 Jul 2010, 6:09 PM

Last updated: Mon 6 Apr 2015, 7:49 AM

Jordanian police spokesman, Lt. Col. Mohammed Khatib, said Iraq’s Science and Technology Minister Raed Fahmi and 27 others were also injured in the accident, which occurred late on Thursday near a tourist site close to the Dead Sea.

A senior Iraqi Embassy official said Fahmi sustained injuries to his head and bruises to his body, but that he was in stable condition in an Amman hospital.

Fahmi and the others had finished a workshop organized by the United Nations Development Program in Jordan, the embassy official said. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to make statements to the media.

He said the weeklong program, which ended Thursday, tackled the exchange of expertise and information between UNDP and Fahmi’s ministry. He said most of the injured were Fahmi’s staff.

He and the Jordanian police spokesman declined to provide names of those killed in the accident. But the police spokesman said the two Britons were UNDP instructors, aged 59 and 41.

The spokesman said their bus overturned as it drove along a narrow road in a hilly area overlooking the Dead Sea.

The British Embassy in Amman confirmed the deaths, but declined to give other details.

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