Jordan releases soldier responsible for killing Israeli schoolgirls

Jordanian soldier Ahmed Daqamseh left prison early Sunday morning after serving 20 years in prison for a deadly shooting rampage that killed seven Israeli girls in 1997.

He opened fire on the class of Israeli eighth graders while they were on a class trip to the “Island of Peace” border post – wounding an additional seven girls. Rather than imposing the death penalty, a court in Jordan found him to be mentally unstable and sentenced him to life in prison.

Daqamseh arrived at his home in the northern Jordanian city of Irbid. Videos posted online showed him being welcomed by men who were singing and dancing.