At a news conference on Sunday Oct 21, 2012, Jordan's Information Minister said the country had foiled a major plot by an al-Qaeda-linked cell to bomb shopping centers and assassinate Western diplomats. Security forces arrested 11 Jordanian nationals in connection with the plot, which they apparently planned to carry out in Amman using arms and explosives smuggled from Syria via al-Qaeda groups fighting with the "Free Syrian Army" (FSA).
"The weapons used include explosives, mortars, there were rifles. We have distributed a news item containing details of the foiled plan, including target locations", said Information Minister Sameeh Maaitah. If successful, the plot could have caused thousands of deaths, according to authorities, who added that the plot had been active since June. Jordan is a key U.S. ally in the Middle East and is a peace partner of Israel. The Arab kingdom has often been targeted by al-Qaeda and other Islamist militant groups.
In: Syria, Other Middle East
Tags: jordan, syria, fsa, free, syrian, army, terrorists, weapons, al, qaeda, qaida, amman, 9/11, shopping, malls, nato, israel, turkey
Location: Amman, Amman, Jordan (load item map)
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