Handout photo of two of the 11 suspects detained in Jordan, 21 October 2012
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Jordan 'uncovers al-Qaeda plot'

Jordanian authorities say they have arrested 11 militants alleged to have planned attacks on western diplomats and shopping centres in the country's capital.

A government spokesman said the suspects had brought in weapons from neighbouring Syria, while al-Qaeda operatives in Iraq had helped them make home-made explosives.

BBC security correspondent Frank Gardner said the plot was a "wake-up call" to Jordan regarding the destabilising effect of the continuing conflict in neighbouring Syria.

  • 21 Oct 2012