Jordan arrests group of people planned to carry out attacks against U.S. targets
Jordan arrested ten persons last month, on suspicion of belonging to an Islamic fundementalist organization, the Arabic-language Al Hayat daily reported Friday. According to the report, the group planned to carry out attacks against Western targets inside Jordan, and against Israeli targets in the West Bank.
The 10 have already been charged with conspiring to commit acts of terror, as well as the illegal possession of weapons and explosives. According to the newspaper, one of the accused studied in Saudi Arabia, and then spent some time in Afghanistan.
"Six of the detainees planned attacks against Israeli targets in the West Bank, while the other four plotted to target U.S. and foreign interests in Jordan," Al Hayat said, quoting a Jordanian "judicial source".
"The four people were charged by the State Security Court of plotting to launch terrorist acts against American and foreign targets in Jordan and possessing automatic weapons and explosives to use them in an illegal manner," it added.
Al-Hayat wrote it is still not certain which group the 10 belonged to, and authorities are examining the possibility that they were part of the outlawed Liberation Party. (Albawaba.com)