Jordanian authorities confirm Daesh activity in Irbid, suicide belts found

Published March 2nd, 2016 - 11:55 GMT
Daesh militants were plotting to carry out attacks in Jordan's capital city, Amman. (Albawaba)
Daesh militants were plotting to carry out attacks in Jordan's capital city, Amman. (Albawaba)

Jordanian Intelligence forces uncovered and stopped a Daesh plot to target civilians and military in Amman late Tuesday night.

After weeks of surveillance, security forces tracked the cell group to an apartment complex in Irbid, a northern city. According to Petra News Agency, forces attempted to negotiate with the militants to surrender peacefully. The militants instigated a firefight that killed Jordanian police officer Rashed Hassan Zyood, and wounded seven others. 

Thirteen militants were arrested and seven were killed. Explosive devices, automatic weapons, and suicide belts were found in the apartment.

Jordanian Prime Minister Abdullah Ensour's addressed the parliament on Wednesday.

"Early this Wednesday morning, at around 3 am, a security operation carried out by special forces that included security and military personnel, ended and was successful in achieving its goals,"  Ensour said.

"Seven members of the outlaw group were killed, this group are misguided and misleading, they are a terrorist group connected to terrorist organizations, and had planned to disrupt the security of the country and its people."

Daesh has not released a statement on the incident.


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