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Jordan police say they detonated explosives hidden in a warehouse in capital

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Jordanian security forces said they uncovered and detonated explosives hidden in a commercial warehouse in an industrial area south-east of the capital, Amman, on Monday that security sources say were part of an Iran-linked plot to destabilise a key US ally, Reuters reports.

Witnesses earlier said security forces had sealed the Abu Alanda area in a wide scale security operation two days after authorities announced they had detonated explosives uncovered in another location in the capital.

The authorities said the explosives found on Monday were hidden by the same group of suspects who stored the explosives uncovered on Saturday in a crowded residential area close to a military airport used by US army planes.

The authorities, who have not disclosed who was behind the storing of munitions or whether arrests have been made, say they will reveal details once the investigations are completed.

Over the past year, Jordan has said it has foiled many attempts to smuggle weapons by infiltrators linked to pro-Iranian militias in Syria, who it says have crossed its borders with rocket launchers and explosives, adding that some of the weapons managed to get through undetected.

Iran has denied being behind such attempts.

Security sources say some of the arms are bound for the neighbouring Israeli-occupied West Bank, adding that they have arrested several Jordanians linked to Palestinian fighters.

Security officials said the incidents were terror-related based on the quantities of explosives found. They said it is linked to Iran’s clandestine efforts to recruit agents to undertake sabotage acts within the Kingdom to destabilise a key ally of Washington in the region.

Jordan has over 3,500 American troops stationed in several bases and, since the war between Israel and Palestine in Gaza erupted in October, it has been increasingly targeted by Iranian-backed groups operating in neighbouring Syria and Iraq.

Source: Middle East Monitor

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