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Al-Qaeda-linked suspect killed in Jordan

'The suspect killed identifies as Suleiman al-Anjadi, holder of a temporary Jordanian passport', says security official.

india Updated: Jan 10, 2007 03:31 IST

Jordanian security forces on Tuesday killed a suspected Al-Qaeda terrorist and captured another in a shootout in northern Jordan, state-run television reported and security officials said.

Some security forces were hurt in the operation lasting more than four hours, in which intelligence agents and police took part after a tip-off that Al-Qaeda terrorists were plotting attacks inside the country, reports said.

"An Al-Qaeda terrorist was killed and another was captured in Irbid" around 90 kilometers north of the capital Amman, television said quoting a security official.

The suspect killed was identified as Suleiman al-Anjadi, "holder of a temporary Jordanian passport", television said, implying he was a Palestinian from the Gaza Strip.

Unconfirmed reports suggested he was wanted by the authorities.

The captured suspect was named as Jordanian national Ramadan Mustafa al-Mansi, television said, after having previously identified him as Awni al-Mansi.

According to the report, "a group of intelligence forces backed by general security forces (police) were able to kill this morning a terrorist militant of the Al-Qaeda group and capture another".

The joint force "stormed a house in the Matlaa neighbourhood of Irbid, where they had sought refuge, and the suspects opened fire on the security forces when they tried to arrest them", the report added.

First Published: Jan 10, 2007 03:31 IST