The shoe of prominent Jordanian writer Nahed Hattar at the site where he was assassinated as Jordanian forensics inspect the scene.
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Prominent and outspoken Jordanian writer Nahed Hattar Sunday was shot dead in front of the courthouse where he had been on trial for posting a cartoon deemed offensive to Islam on social media.A Jordanian security official said the shooter was a former imam at a local mosque, and said the man had been motivated by his anger over the cartoon posted to Facebook by writer Hattar. The official Petra News Agency said Hattar was shot three times.Hattar has long been a controversial figure in Jordan.Hattar was detained in August after sharing the cartoon on Facebook.Jordan is a deeply conservative society.Social media accounts of prominent Islamists in Jordan and elsewhere were celebrating Hattar's death, saying he deserved it for blasphemy.
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