An official says Jordan's state security court handed down prison terms for eight defendants in an alleged plot by Lebanon's Hezbollah militia to attack U.S. troops and Israel's embassy in Jordan.

Jordanian media have reported that seven Jordanian defendants were arrested before being able to move ahead with their plans and were charged with possessing weapons and making explosives.

The government official says the Jordanian leader of the group was sentenced Wednesday to 10 years, while the remaining Jordanians were given two or three years. He says the eighth defendant, a Syrian, was sentenced in absentia to 15 years.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to brief the media on court decisions.

Hezbollah is staunchly anti-US and has waged cross-border wars with Israel.