Jordan foiled a major plot by an al Qaeda-linked cell to destabilize the country's security by bombing shopping centers and assassinating Western diplomats, state television said on Sunday.
It quoted security forces as saying they had detained 11 suspects and that the plot had been going on since June to carry out attacks in the capital Amman using smuggled weapons and explosives brought from Syria.
Government spokesman Sameeh Maaytah says the suspects are all Jordanian and are in police custody.
He said the men had brought in arms from neighboring Syria to use them in the alleged plot. He also said Al-Qaeda operatives based in Iraq have been assisting the suspects with manufacturing home-made explosives.
He said on Sunday that Jordanian intelligence agents arrested the suspects in the past few days.
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