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Terror Plot Reportedly Foiled In Jordan

27 April 2004 -- Authorities in Jordan say security services have foiled a plot by Al-Qaeda-linked militants to carry out chemical bombings against several targets in the country's capital, Amman.

Jordanian state television yesterday aired what it said were confessions by several captured members of the 10-person group, which was said to include militants from Jordan and Syria.

The television station reported that the militants planned to carry out chemical bombings of Jordan's intelligence headquarters, the prime minister's office, and the U.S. Embassy.

The arrested militants said they were acting on orders from Abu Mus'ab al-Zarqawi, an alleged Al-Qaeda militant accused by the United States of organizing terrorist attacks in Iraq.

The broadcast showed containers said to contain chemicals but did not say what type of chemical explosives were being prepared.

The report estimated that at least 80,000 people could have been killed if the planned attack had been successfully carried out.