Eleven men, with suspected links to al-Qaeda, have been charged with terrorism conspiracy in Jordan over an alleged plot to attack shopping centres and western diplomatic missions in the capital Amman.
According to security sources, the suspects had planned to use weapons smuggled from Syria.
“There were explosives, mortars, rifles. We have distributed details of the foiled plan, including target locations,” said Sameeh Maaitah, Information Minister.
The suspects – all Jordanian and in their 20s and 30s – are said to have confessed to plotting attacks and illegally possessing weapons and explosives.
“We reject this plot totally,” said one Jordanian citizen in Amman.
“We will not allow any person to manipulate Jordan’s security, whether he was a Jordanian or any other nationality.”
Another added: “Jordan is the safest country in the Middle East. You can’t get a better country than Jordan at this point in time.”
Those charged are set to be tried in a military court. No trial date has been set. If convicted, they face the death penalty.