Jordanian MP shoots rifle during parliament session

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An ongoing dispute between Jordanian parliamentarians resulted in one MP shooting an automatic rifle at a fellow lawmaker during a parliament session on Tuesday.

MP Talal al-Sharif pulled out an AK-47 rifle and shot at fellow MP Qusay Dmisa during a public session of Jordan’s Parliament, but did not manage to wound him. Sharif was then arrested and a special session later held to examine the incident.

Jordanian newspaper al-Ghad said that a prosecutor in the capital Amman ordered the arrest of Sharif for 14 days at al-Jouaida prison pending investigation on charges of attempted murder, possession of a firearm without a license and resisting police arrest.

Local websites showed video footage of Sharif shooting at Dmisa, who opposed him in a parliamentary dispute on Sunday.

Media sources informed Al Arabiya that Jordan’s King Abdullah II later summoned Speaker of the House Saad Hayel in order to discuss the incident and its repercussions.

The shooting sparked uproar, with many MPs expressing their displeasure over the incident, who called for stern measures to be taken against the attacker. One lawmaker was quoted as saying that the episode damages the country’s reputation.

This is the first time that guns have been fired in Jordan’s Parliament, although earlier this year MP Shadi al-Edwan attempted to pull out a pistol in the building during a bitter dispute over rising fuel prices.

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