A Jordanian soldier who killed seven Israeli schoolgirls in a 1997 shooting rampage was released Sunday, after serving 20 years in prison. Jordan releases soldier who killed 7 Israeli girls in 1997 Jordanian soldier Ahmed Daqamseh murdered seven Israeli schoolgirls in a 1997 shooting rampage. Ahmed Daqamseh opened fire on the eighth graders while they were on a class trip to the scenic "Island of Peace" border post, killing seven girls and wounding seven others. A Jordanian court sentenced him to life in prison, rather than imposing the death penalty. He was released Sunday, after serving 20 years in prison. Daqamseh arrived before dawn Sunday in his home village of Ibdir in northern Jordan. Amateur video posted online showed him being surrounded by singing and dancing men, some kissing him on the cheek, receiving a hero's welcome.