Jordan Breaks Up Cell Planning Suicide Attacks Against Israel: Report

One of the suspects reportedly underwent bombmaking training in Gaza before returning to Jordan and recruiting the other members of the group  

Jordanian King Abdullah with army officers. Photo: AP

Five Jordanian citizens are now on trial in their country after being arrested earlier this year on suspicion of planning suicide attacks against Israeli targets, a report said on June 2. 

AFP quoted a Jordanian judicial source as saying "The state security court recently began legal proceedings against five people accused of involvement in a terrorist plot, which the intelligence unit foiled in February." 

The source did not specify why the arrests were not made public until now.  

The suspects are accused of planning to infiltrate Judea and Samaria and carry out attacks "with bombs against buses and trains and with explosive vests against other Israeli targets," the source said.

One of the suspects, who was said to have underwent training to make explosive vests and bombs when he visited the Gaza Strip in 2007, returned to Jordan in 2010 and recruited the other four alleged members of the terror cell in 2017. 

According to the AFP report,  Israel and Jordan have close ties in the intelligence and security fields. 

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