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Three Iraqi government employees killed in bus crash in Jordan

By the CNN Wire Staff
  • Two U.N. contractors were also killed in the wreck
  • Iraqi minister of Science and Technology is among those injured
  • The workers were in Amman to attend a training program

(CNN) -- Three women who worked for the Iraqi government were killed a bus accident in Jordan on Thursday, an official with Iraq's Ministry of Science and Technology announced Saturday.

Two contractors with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) were also killed, according to a statement from Christine McNab, the Deputy Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General.

The statement said several other passengers on the bus were injured and are receiving medical treatment in Jordan.

Raed Fahmi, Iraq's minister of Science and Technology, was among those injured. He has been in the hospital in Amman, but could be released as soon as Sunday.

Two of the women killed in the accident worked with the Iraqi Ministry of Education and one worked with the Ministry of Science and Technology.

The group was in Amman to participate in a UNDP training program on democratic governance.

CNN's Tawfeeq Mohammed contributed to this report