Islamic State cell routed in Irbid
The jihadists were planning attacks against civilian and military targets, to "destabilize national security." In the operation seven terrorists and a Jordanian soldier were killed, five others were injured. 13 people arrested linked in various ways to the extremist cell.
Amman (AsiaNews / Agencies) - The first raid in March by Jordanian security forces in the northern city of Irbid, near the border with Syria, has foiled future Islamic State attacks in the country.
According to reports from the intelligence center (GID) in Amman, seven militants suspected jihadists who were ready to strike military objectives and civilians were killed in the operation.
A Jordanian security officer was also killed and five others were injured in the over night raid by security forces, which triggered a heavy exchange of fire.
The operation in Irbid, which is only 20 kilometers from the border with Syria, is one of the most important victories scored by the Jordanian army against the jihadists of the Islamic State. The government spokesman Mohammad Momani reported that the raid began at 7 pm and continued until 3 in the morning of March 2.
At first the government had spoken of an operation against a group of "criminals." Then the official news agency Petra issued a Gid statement saying that the target was a IS cell that the was ready to hit "civilian and military sites in order to destabilize national security".
Earlier, police had already arrested at least 13 people linked in various ways to the jihadist cell present in the country.