THE LEVANT – Jordanian security authorities arrested several militants associated with the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group, the Jordan News Agency, Petra, reported on Sunday.
The detainees confessed to having connections with the group’s commanders in Syria, and said they were entrusted with carrying out terrorist operations in Jordan targeting several vital locations, and spreading panic and chaos in the Kingdom.
The planned operations were meant to pave the way for future schemes that the IS group intends to carry out in Jordan, Petra said.
A security source said the house of one of the group’s members, located in a town in the northern region, exploded while the suspect was making explosives.
The Public Security Department declined to provide further details to The Jordan Times.
Eleven IS members have been referred to court so far and investigations are still under way into their cases, according to Petra.
Salafist sources aligned with IS claim that four Jordanians were arrested over the past week as part of a security crackdown.
Last week, eight Jordanians were charged with joining, promoting and recruiting for the IS group, and will be tried at the State Security Court (SSC). The indictment sheet said the suspects were recruiting individuals to join IS and using the Internet to promote its radical ideologies.
Also last week, the SSC sentenced a Jordanian to five years in prison with hard labour for fighting alongside armed groups in Syria.
The defendant went to Syria where he joined armed groups, the last of which was IS, with which he reportedly spent 10 months.
He was arrested when he returned to Jordan.