A Jordanian official says the suspected militants who killed five members of the security forces over the weekend are Jordanian citizens who support the Islamic State group's ideology but have no proven links to it or other foreign extremist groups.
Government spokeswoman Jumana Ghuneimat said Monday that security forces found a "horrifying" amount of homemade explosives buried in the central Jordanian town of Salt, near the suspects' hideout.
The explosives were apparently intended for attacks on civilians in public places and on security installations.
The recent chain of events began Friday when assailants detonated a bomb near a police patrol in the town of Fuheis, killing an officer. On Saturday, three suspected militants and four members of the security forces were killed during a raid on the cell's Salt hideout.