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Jordan: Al-Qaeda attack foiled

October 22, 2012

JORDAN claims to have thwarted one of the largest terrorist attacks ever planned in the Middle East after foiling an al-Qaeda plot to kill diplomats and detonate a series of bombs in Amman.

Ending a four-month surveillance operation, the Jordanian intelligence service arrested 11 suspected militants with links to al-Qaeda.

Officials in Amman said the suspects had aimed to dwarf the bombing of three hotels in the city in 2005, an attack that claimed more than 60 lives.

Using arms smuggled in from Syria, the militants aimed to bring death and destruction across the capital, according to Jordan’s General Intelligence Department.



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