Security sources said on Thursday interrogation of the suspects revealed that six of them had ties with Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, head of the al-Qaida network in Iraq, while the others belonged to an underground Saudi group known as the Brigades of the Holy Shrines.
“They were planning attacks on foreign officers in the kingdom,” said one security source, referring to a plot to attack US military personnel who frequent five-star hotels while on leave from duty in neighboring Iraq.
The arrests came after an investigation that used informers to hunt Jordanian suspects allied to al-Zarqawi who help recruit people to fight against US troops.
“The interrogations revealed their membership of these underground groups. They were recruiting terrorists for al Qaeda in Iraq and collecting donations for the organization,” said another security source.