Jordanian authorities said on Tuesday that they foiled a plot by terrorists linked to Islamic State to attack Israeli businessmen, the U.S. embassy and other Western targets in Amman, the country’s daily Al Rai newspaper reported.
Jordan’s security forces uncovered the plot last November and arrested 17 members of the terror cell in time to prevent them from carrying out the conspiracy, the report said.
The Israeli businessmen who were targeted had been tracked by the terrorists during several visits to a local clothing factory.
Also on the list of targets were Jordanian intelligence office, the French Institute of Jordan, the private Ro’ya channel, a club, tunnels owned by Jordan’s Phosphate Company, and a church.
The main suspect, whose identity was not released, reportedly planned the attacks in order to destabilize the country and pave the way for Islamic State terror to gain a foothold in the kingdom, the report said.