Jordanian authorities said they had arrested 11 suspected al Qaeda-linked militants for allegedly planning to carry out a series of attacks targeting shopping centres and Western diplomatic missions in the country. The U.S. Embassy in Amman was reported to be among the targets.
CNN The Muslim terrorists called their plan “9/11 (2),” suggesting it was set to happen on the seventh anniversary of the last al Qaeda attack in Jordan when suicide bombs exploded in an Amman hotel November 9, 2005, the report said.
The plot, in its preliminary stages, involved a group of 11 Jordanian Muslim terrorists associated with the ideology of al Qaeda.. “The group had intended to take advantage of what they believed was the Intelligence ‘preoccupation’ with other files, to carry out their plans,” Petra reported.
The plans included “using explosives, booby-trapped cars as well as submachine guns and mortars,” it said. Suicide bombers were being selected to carry out attacks against two major shopping malls “in order to draw the attention of the security services away from” the “main objectives in Abdoun, in West Amman,” the report said.
“Their objective was to create a highly destructive explosive that would cause the highest number of casualties and extensive physical damage,” Petra reported. “They had planned to bring TNT explosives and mortar shells from Syria, exploiting the ongoing crisis there.”