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Jordanian guard killed in airport blast


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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.


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