Skip to main content
CNN EditionWorld
The Web     
Powered by
powered by Yahoo!

Jordanian guard killed in airport blast

Story Tools

AMMAN, Jordan (CNN) -- A small explosion -- apparently caused by a security guard's own grenade -- went off in the baggage screening area of Amman airport Thursday, killing the guard.

CNN correspondent Rula Amin, who was standing nearby, said authorities first believed the explosion had occurred in a piece of luggage as it went through a baggage screening machine. They had detained one man, who said he was Japanese.

Security officials said the man was a newspaper reporter returning from Iraq. They would not disclose his name and when Amin attempted to speak with the man, he said, "Not me, not me."

But later, passengers who were standing near the guard said he was holding what appeared to be a grenade that was apparently part of his own equipment.

They said he was twisting the pin while talking on a cell phone. Sources told Amin that it appeared the guard set off the device.

Passengers standing near the guard said he suffered severe injuries to his head, chest, right shoulder and right arm. He was killed instantly, airport authorities said.

Amin said passengers who were standing nearby were not hurt.

Authorities evacuated the immediate area around the blast and temporarily halted the boarding of flights, she said.

Story Tools
Subscribe to Time for $1.99 cover
Top Stories
Iran poll to go to run-off
Top Stories
CNN/Money: Security alert issued for 40 million credit cards

International Edition
CNN TV CNN International Headline News Transcripts Advertise With Us About Us
   The Web     
Powered by
© 2005 Cable News Network LP, LLLP.
A Time Warner Company. All Rights Reserved.
Terms under which this service is provided to you.
Read our privacy guidelines. Contact us.
external link
All external sites will open in a new browser. does not endorse external sites.
 Premium content icon Denotes premium content.
Add RSS headlines.