The country's state TV broadcast mugshots of the suspects - all in their 20s and 30s, all bar one wearing the same issue dark blue shirt, with most of them sporting long beards - identifying them as 'militants'. Announcing the foiled plot, government spokesman Sameeh Maaytah told an impromptu press conference that the suspects are all Jordanian and are in police custody.
'They were plotting deadly terror attacks on vital institutions, shopping centers and diplomatic missions,' he said. 'They sought to destabilize Jordan,' he said. 'They plotted against Jordan's national security.' The militants sought to carry out their attacks in stages, it added, with initial attacks on shopping centers and foreigners in Jordanian hotels, followed by more deadly strikes with powerful explosives and chemicals on Western diplomatic missions and unspecified 'vital national sites'.
BLAST FROM THE PAST...CNN Thursday, November 10, 2005. AMMAN, Jordan (CNN) -- Three suicide attackers detonated nearly simultaneous explosions Wednesday night at hotels in downtown Amman, Jordan, killing at least 67 people and wounding more than 150 others, the deputy prime minister of Jordan said. Jordanian-born terrorist Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the head of al Qaeda in Iraq and that country's most-wanted terrorist, was responsible.
The blasts occurred first at the Radisson SAS, then at the Grand Hyatt and then at the Days Inn between 9 p.m. and 10 p.m. (2 p.m. and 3 p.m. ET). The three hotels are within a few hundred yards of one another. The largest blast occurred at the Radisson during a wedding celebration, set off by a suicide bomber wearing a belt packed with explosives. Most of the casualties there were Jordanian.
The blast at the Grand Hyatt also appeared to have been caused by a bomber wearing an explosive belt. At the Days Inn, a car failed in an attempt to breach a security barrier and exploded outside the hotel. "Not every Muslim is a terrorist but it appears that most all of the terrorists in the last 20 years have been Muslims, i.e. 1993 World Trade Center Bombing, USS Cole bombing, September 11th, 2001 attack, Fort Hood shooting, Times Square NYC bomb plot, and on and on and on..."
Bill Warner Private Investigator Sarasota Fl at www.wbipi.com