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US Diplomat Gunned Down in Jordan - 2002-10-28

A U.S. diplomat was killed outside his home in the Jordanian capital, Amman, Monday morning by an unknown assailant.

The diplomat was killed at 7:30 AM, just before getting into his car to go to work. A Jordanian security official said the assailant fled.

The diplomat was identified as Lawrence Foley, a senior diplomat for the U.S. Agency for International Development.

Jordan's Information Minister Mohammed al-Adwan condemned the attack as a dastardly, criminal act.

Mr. Al-adwan declined to speculate on whether the attack was a terrorist incident, but he called it an act of "aggression on Jordan and its national security." He said such attacks will not be tolerated.