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Jordan TV Shows Confessions of Alleged Hamas Terrorists


Jordan's state-run television has broadcast the confessions of members of the Palestinian militant group Hamas who are accused of planning terrorist attacks against the Kingdom.

In their confessions, aired Thursday, the alleged terrorists indicate they were planning to attack intelligence agents in Jordan.

One of the alleged terrorists, Ayman Naji Daraghmeh, says Hamas asked him to follow a Jordanian intelligence officer who had harmed the militant group.

Another detainee, Ahmad Abu Rabia, says he shadowed a bus transporting Jordanian intelligence agents and that the agents were to be a target.

The broadcast also showed weapons, including Katyusha rockets, allegedly imported from Syria and stockpiled by the group.

Hamas has denied plotting attacks against Jordan.

Jordan said on Wednesday that, since April, it has arrested more than 20 Hamas members involved in planning the attacks.

Last month, after discovering the plot, Jordan canceled a visit to Amman by Palestinian foreign minister Mahmoud Zahar of Hamas.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.