Police arrest two men suspected in acid attack on Zarqa schoolgirls

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AMMAN - Police on Wednesday announced the arrest of two men who allegedly poured acid on two schoolgirls in Zarqa, leaving one of them in critical condition.

The two suspects, aged 24 and 30, who were not identified by officials, reportedly confessed to throwing acid on two girls, aged 16, as they were leaving school on Sunday, Police Spokesperson Major Mohammad Khatib said.

The attack followed a dispute between the 24-year-old suspect and one of the victims with whom he had an ongoing sexual relationship, according to the official.

“The 24-year-old suspect wanted to continue engaging in a relationship with one of the two victims, but she refused. He then plotted to throw acid in her face in revenge,” Khatib told The Jordan Times.

The young man asked several friends to help him with the assault. In the end, the 30-year-old suspect agreed to assist in the attack in return for JD50, the police official added.

On the day of the incident, Khatib said, the two men covered their faces with hoods and headed to the girls’ school and waited for the victims. Once they spotted the 16-year-olds, one of the suspects splashed acid on the two girls.

One victim received the brunt of the acid, while her friend, who was also splashed with the burning material, received minimal injuries, Khatib added.

The two were rushed to a nearby hospital, where one girl was treated and released, while the second still remains in hospital listed in critical condition, Khatib said.

Her chances of surviving are slim as she received severe burns to her face and other parts of her body, he said, noting that forensic evidence left in a nearby area and intensive police investigation resulted in the suspects’ arrest.

Criminal Prosecutor Mamon Mattar charged the two men with causing permanent injury and engaging in sexual activities with a minor, a second source said.

Meanwhile, Criminal Prosecutor Jehad Duradi on Wednesday charged three men with complicity in premeditated murder in connection with the stabbing death of a 42-year-old man in an Amman suburb on Tuesday, according to a judicial source.

The three men, including the victim’s brother-in-law, reportedly confessed to stabbing the 42-year-old because he was constantly suspicious of his wife’s behaviour and movements, the source added.

On Tuesday night, the three men consumed alcohol and discussed the victim’s treatment of his wife and the fact that he “constantly suspected her behaviours and insulted her”, the source said quoting the suspects’ initial confessions.

“The men decided to kill the victim and headed to his house. After entering his home, they pinned the victim to the ground, wrapped curtains around his neck and took turns stabbing him on different parts of his body,” the source said.

The victim’s wife tried to stop them, but her brother pushed her aside and told her not to intervene, the source added.

The victim is survived by a wife and five children.

The suspects, who confessed and reenacted the incident, were ordered detained for 14 days at a correctional facility pending further investigations.