Jordan finds two explosives-laden cars

Jordanian authorities have found two cars carrying explosives that an underground group had planned to use to attack American interests, Aljazeera has reported.

    The group planned to attack the US embassy in Amman

    According to the correspondent, the cars were found following a major search operation which started a week ago using helicopters.

    The correspondent also said that the Jordanian authorities on Saturday arrested two suspects related to the case in the northern city of Irbid.

    "The group planned attacks on American interests including
    the embassy and a number of US organisations based in Jordan," a senior security source told Reuters.

    Planned attacks

    Senior security officials said earlier this month that cars
    carrying explosives had been driven into the kingdom from Syria.

    Jordan's long desert border with Syria is patrolled by both
    sides, but smugglers slip in. Officials had said they had uncovered a group planning attacks in the kingdom, arresting some suspects now under interrogation. 

    Three others got away, and state television has run their
    pictures appealing to Jordanians to give the police any
    information on their whereabouts. 

    Jordan's close US ties and 1994 peace with Israel are
    unpopular with many in the conservative kingdom and there is
    strong support for Islamist groups in some areas. 

    In mid-March, the United States increased its level of alert
    in Jordan, urging Americans to step up vigilance after receiving information about possible attacks on hotels in the kingdom. 

    SOURCE: Aljazeera + Agencies


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