Jordan arrests 17 ISIS terrorists who planned attacks on military, civilians and moderate religious figures

Jordan said on Monday it had foiled an ISIS plot that included plans for a series of terror attacks last November on security installations, shopping malls and moderate religious figures, state media reported.

State news agency Petra said the country’s intelligence department had arrested 17 members of the cell and confiscated weapons and explosives that the terror group had planned to use in the terror attacks, in which it says media organizations and moderate clerics were among would-be targets.

Jordan arrests 17 ISIS terrorists who planned attacks on military, civilians and moderate religious figures (2)

The statement said the cell had waged a series of bank robberies and car thefts in the towns of Ruseifa and Zarqato to get financing, and manufactured homemade explosives from material bought from local markets.

King Abdullah, a Middle East ally of Western powers against ISIS terrorists who has also safeguarded Jordan’s peace treaty with Israel, has been among the most vocal leaders in the region in warning of threats posed by radical Muslim groups.