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Jordan links deadly blasts to militant cell

In this file photo, security forces are seen near a damaged building one day after a bomb attack on a security patrol in the city of Al Salt, Jordan, on August 11, 2018. (Reuters)
Jordan said Friday that two deadly explosions which rocked the Salt region northwest of the capital Amman were apparently linked to a militant cell.

A security source had previously told AFP that old mines were behind Thursday's blasts which killed a farmer and three members of the security forces.

But analysis of the site found the blasts were caused by "homemade explosives buried in the ground matching the type used by a terrorist cell in Al-Fuhais" last August, government spokeswoman Jumana Ghneimat said.

She was referring to an August 11 bomb attack on a security patrol in the nearby town of Al-Fuhais that killed a police sergeant and wounded six others.

The Salt region was the scene of heavy clashes between gunmen and security forces after the attack which targeted a security patrol at a music festival.

Four security force members and three "terrorists" were killed during a raid on a militant hideout a day after the blast.
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