Of­fi­cials: 2 Amer­i­can train­ers killed in shootout at air base

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Two Amer­i­can train­ers were killed and a third was wounded on Fri­day in an ex­change of gun­fire at the gates of an air base in southern Jor­dan, the mil­i­tary said.

It was not im­me­di­ately clear what prompted the shoot­ing.

The shots were fired as a car car­ry­ing the train­ers tried to en­ter the al-Jafr base near the southern Jor­da­nian town of Mann, said the mil­i­tary. Two U.S. per­son­nel were killed and a third was wounded, the mil­i­tary said. A Jor­da­nian of­fi­cer was also wounded.

The U.S. Em­bassy in the Jor­da­nian cap­i­tal, Am­man, said it had re­ceived re­ports about a se­cu­rity in­ci­dent in­volv­ing U.S. per­son­nel and that it was in touch with Jor­da­nian au­thor­i­ties.

Pro-West­ern Jor­dan is a key mem­ber of a U.S-led mil­i­tary coali­tion against the ex­trem­ist Is­lamic State group, which con­trols parts of neigh­bor­ing Iraq and Syria.

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