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3 Terror Suspects Gunned Down in Jordan

April 20, 2004

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) _ Police killed three terror suspects Tuesday in a shootout in the Jordanian capital, the authorities said.

Working on a tip, police stormed a hideout in east Amman where the suspects had been hiding, the police said in a statement carried by the official Petra news agency.

Police had called for the suspects to surrender, but they responded with gunfire, the statement said. The incident took place at 2:20 p.m. in the predominantly Palestinian district of Hashemi, the statement said.

``Information made available to security authorities pointed to the presence of an armed group which had plotted to carry out terror attacks,″ the statement added.

Two of the three men killed were foreigners, according to police.

Jordan, a moderate Arab nation with close ties to the United States and a peace treaty with Israel, has been targeted by the al-Qaida terror organization of Osama bin Laden and other groups.

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