ISIS plans to strike against civilians and military in Jordan has been foiled by authorities, a government agency said.
A series of raids carried out Tuesday into Wednesday in Irbid, Jordan, led to the arrests of 13 people alleged to have been part of the plot, the state-run Petra news agency reported, citing the General Intelligence Directorate, Jordan's national intelligence agency.
But that was just the beginning. Seven other alleged terrorists, wearing suicide belts and carrying automatic weapons, then attacked Jordanian security forces in the northern Jordanian city, which is 55 miles north of Amman and about 13 miles from the Syrian border.
That onslaught ended with all seven attackers killed, as well as one member of Jordan's specialized security force. Two civilians and two security force members were wounded, government spokesman Mohammad al-Momani said on local radio.
"This is a message to the whole world about this country's ability to stand as a rock in the face of all attempts to attacks its security and citizens," Momani said.