Jordan tribesmen set fire to state building, cars

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Posted: Nov 17, 2011 10:32 AM
Jordan tribesmen set fire to state building, cars

The family of a Jordanian man who died in custody has set fire to a government building and vehicles in riots, blaming the state for his death.

A police report said Thursday that Najm Zoubi, 20, hung himself after he and two others were arrested Wednesday for questioning in a case whose details remain unknown.

It said Zoubi hung himself in a police detention cell, using torn bed sheets.

Forensic doctors say an autopsy performed late Wednesday determined that Zoubi died of asphyxiation.

His cousin Yousef said relatives, suspecting that policemen beat Zoubi to death, torched the state building and four cars in the northern town of Ramtha.

Ramtha borders Syria and hosts some 500 Syrians who fled violence in their country.