Al Qaeda Mega-attack thwarted in Jordan
A major suicide attack in Jordan by a group connected to Al Qaeda was reportedly thwarted recently by Jordanian security forces after a terror cell led by Abu Musab Al Zarqawi was apprehended this weekend.
Four suspects were arrested in the Jordanian raid, according to Haaretz. The cell had reportedly planned to bomb a hotel, shopping center and power plant.
A separate warning also surfaced of a planned mega-attack in the northern Jordanian city of Irbid.
Thousands of Jordanian citizens are employed in Irbid's industrial zone, raising fear amongst Jordanian officials of the repercussions of such an attack.
"If such a terror attack is successful, the Jordanians, the Israelis and the Americans will all be affected," a senior defense official in Amman said.
Irbid, located close to the border with Israel, houses a major industrial area in which several Israeli firms are located.
Many of the goods produced in the area eventually make their way to the US market.
Al Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden has supported attacks against Israel and Jordan, where has jailed for years in the past.