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

The authorities in Jordan say they have arrested 11 militants alleged to have planned attacks on Western diplomats and shopping centres in the capital.

Government spokesman Samih Maayta said the suspects were arrested in the past few days and were in police custody.

Mr Maayta said the men had brought in weapons from neighbouring Syria, and al-Qaeda operatives in Iraq had helped them manufacture home-made explosives.

Catarina Moh reports.