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Jordan Foils Terrorist Plot against Security Sites

Jordan Foils Terrorist Plot against Security Sites

Wednesday, 3 June, 2020 - 07:45
Guard of honor and relatives of Sergeant Hisham Aqarbeh, of the anti-terrorist unit, who was killed during an attack, attend his funeral in Birayn in the city of Zarqa, Jordan, August 12, 2018.REUTERS/Muhammad Hamed
Amman - Asharq Al-Awsat

Jordan's State Security Court said it has foiled a terrorist plot targeting security sites in the country during February.


The court said the terrorist plot was against an intelligence building in Zarqa and a stationed patrol in the same area, adding that the attack was planned by members affiliated with ISIS.


The court commenced looking into the cases under the presidency of Colonel Ali Mubaideen and resumed its activity after a two-month suspension of operations due to lockdown over COVID-19.


Jordan’s General Intelligence Department thwarted two terrorist plots targeting its building in Zarqa and one of its stationed patrols and the accused were arrested in late February, Al-Rai newspaper revealed this week.


According to the attorney of the State Security Prosecution, the two defendants face charges of conspiracy to carry out terrorist acts and promote ideas of a terrorist group.


The State Security Court also indicted 16 defendants for promoting the ideology of terrorist armed groups, possessing weapons for illegal purposes, and failing to disclose information related to terrorist activity.


In the first case, the court indicted a defendant for conspiring with the intent of carrying out terrorist operations. In the same case, two other defendants were charged with promoting the ideology of a terrorist organization.


In other cases, the defendants were indicted for multiple charges, including attempting to join terrorist groups, possessing firearms for illegal purposes, and failing to disclose information related to terrorist activity.


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