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Jordanian forces clash with gunmen near Syria border

Jordanian media said the security forces were battling religious extremists in Irbid

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Jordanian security forces and gunmen clashed Tuesday in the north of the country near the Syrian border, a security source said, adding that there were dead and wounded.

At least three members of the security forces were wounded in the clashes which erupted when they launched raids in the northern city of Irbid in search of "outlaws", said the source quoted by the official Petra news agency.

The source said a number of gunmen were killed and wounded but gave no specific toll.

Jordanian media said the security forces were battling religious extremists.