One killed, one arrested in raid on Jordan al-Qaida cell

Police had "information on plans by al-Qaida targeting the Jordanian arena."

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Police killed one suspected al-Qaida member and detained a second in a crackdown Tuesday that foiled a terrorist plot against Jordan, the state news agency and officials said. Police stormed the cell's hideout in the northern Jordan town of Irbid based on "information on plans by al-Qaida targeting the Jordanian arena," the official Petra news agency reported. Security officials told The Associated Press that the two men opened fire at the special police forces and the elite intelligence unit that came to arrest them. Police shot one man dead, said the officials, who spoke on conditions of anonymity because the operation was under way. The other man is in police custody, they said. The operation began at 0500 local time (0300 GMT) and was continuing, the officials said. The town of Irbid in the Matlaa' district lies 80 kilometers (50 miles) north of the Jordanian capital, Amman.