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Jordan thwarts Daesh plot to attack Israel soldiers

Jordanian police near the border with Israel on 21 May 2021 in al-Karama, Jordan. [Jordan Pix/Getty Images]
Jordanian police near the border with Israel on 21 May 2021 in al-Karama, Jordan. [Jordan Pix/Getty Images]

The Jordanian General Intelligence Department thwarted a plot by four Daesh militants to attack Israeli soldiers near the Jordanian-Israeli border in the Ghor Al-Safi area in February, Al-Rai newspaper reported yesterday evening.

The paper said the State Security Prosecution revealed in the indictment list that the four defendants are facing charges of "conspiracy with the intention of carrying out terrorist acts" and "propagating the ideas of a terrorist group," adding that they are being tried by the State Security Court.

According to the indictment list, the four defendants are friends who supported Daesh's ideology and decided to "carry out operations that cause terror among people to support the terrorist organisation".

The defendants also planned to target Jews in Jordan and Israeli soldiers on the Jordanian-Israeli borders, it added.

The paper pointed out that the General Intelligence's efforts resulted in identifying and arresting the members of the terror cell and thwarting their plan, which included clashing with Jordan's border guards with firearms before attacking the Israeli soldiers with the aim of killing them.

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