Salt attackers confess to larger terror schemes

In a short documentary broadcast in Jordan on Thursday (September 13th), Salt terror cell detainees who carried out an August 9th attack confessed of plotting to target security and government buildings, the Jordan Times reported.

There were no explicit statements of remorse in the segments aired on national television, made available by the General Intelligence Directorate (GID).

The clip aired segments of the interviews with the suspects, revealing how they met, who led the group and what they planned to do.

"We knew each other from school and used to smoke hashish together," said Mahmoud Ensour, whose brother, Ahmad, the cell's ringleader, was found dead under the rubble of the building in Salt.

"He was our emir," Mahmoud Hiyari said, in reference to Ahmad Ensour, who was reportedly responsible for the youths’ radicalisation.

Ensour had convinced his brother and Hiyari to join, along with Diyaa Faouri and Ahmad Odeh, and designed and co-built a remote-controlled machine to carry out the bombings.

"I secured him 2,000 Jordanian dinars ($2,820) to build the machine," said Anas Saleh, one of the detainees.

The cell members bought guns and ammunition and were planning to target the GID branch in Salt and intelligence and military locations, but later decided to target the patrol in Fuheis, they said.

All four of the detainees hail from Salt, the GID said, adding that they were apprehended in Salt less than 12 hours after they targeted the police patrol in Fuheis.

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