Jordan arrests militants in connection with Jan. 14 attack on Israeli diplomats

By Jamal Halaby, AP
Sunday, January 31, 2010

Jordan arrests militants linked to Israeli attack

AMMAN, Jordan — A Jordanian security official says authorities have arrested dozens of Muslim militants in connection with a failed bomb attack on Israeli diplomats.

The official said Sunday that dozens have been detained in a police crackdown mostly on Salafists — militants who seek to revive strict Muslim doctrine dating back to the era of the 6th Century Prophet Muhammad.

He said the crackdown was continuing across Jordan.

The official declined to provide other details and insisted on anonymity because he was not allowed to speak to the media.

No one was killed or injured in the Jan. 14 attack on a convoy of Israeli diplomats heading home for the weekend. It was the first roadside bombing in Jordan and exposed a security gap for Israeli diplomats.

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