Jordan says it has arrested several members of the Palestinian militant group, Hamas, who it says were planning to carry out attacks in the country.
The detainees had received instructions from a Hamas military leader in Syria and were in the final stages of planning, a government spokesman said.
The Palestinian group rejected the allegations as “outright brazen lies”.
…Jordanian government spokesman Nasser Joudeh declined to disclose the identities of the suspects or the Syria-based Hamas military leader, saying the investigation was ongoing. Mr Joudeh said Jordanian security forces had been shadowing attempts to bring in arms from a neighbouring country for a long period of time.
Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said the allegations were “false and groundless” and accused the Jordanian government of taking part in an international campaign against the Palestinian people and Hamas [BBC]
From another source today…
The interrogation of one of the suspects had led to the discovery of more arms, including missiles and explosives, in a town of northern Jordan. The would-be assailants had been carrying out surveillance operations in the area.
“These arms were seized after those arrested showed us the location of the cache. The operation was carried out in the presence of the prosecutor in the state security court,” he said.
The government spokesman said that further arrests were made and other suspects were on the run.
…Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas on Saturday called “dangerous and surprising” the discovery in Jordan of the cache of weapons, which Amman believes were smuggled in from Syria.
“The information I received from Jordan’s prime minister and intelligence chief is dangerous and surprising at the same time,” Abbas said after meeting Prime Minister Maaruf Bakhit.
[Middle East Times]
According to Al-Ghad newspaper some of the arms discovered included TNT and C4 explosives. Apparently the plans to target certain places and people have come by way of the Hamas franchise based in Syria.