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GID says Irbid raid targeted Daesh – affiliated terrorists

By JT - Mar 02,2016 - Last updated at Mar 02,2016

A security officer is seen in the area where seven terrorists were killed by specialised security forces in the northern city of Irbid on Wednesday (photo by Muath Freij)

AMMAN – The General Intelligence Department (GID) said Wednesday that the seven armed men killed in Irbid during a raid by specialised security forces were Daesh affiliates who were planning to carry out attacks on military and civil sites in the Kingdom.

In a statement carried by the Jordan News Agency, Petra, the GID said that it foiled a terror plot by thorough intelligence, adding that ahead of Irbid operation, 13 members of the group were arrested.

Security forces identified the location of the other seven members, who holed up in a residential building in Irbid. They refused to surrender and opened fire from automatic rifles, prompting the specialised force to respond and kill the entire cell members.

During the clashes, Captain Rashed Zyoud was killed and five other security officers injured in addition to two civilians who happened to be in the area.

The seven terrorists were wearing explosive belts, according to GID, which said that weapons and explosives were seized from the location.

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