Indonesia Arrests 11 Suspects Of US Embassy Attack Plot
By Ria Novosti
Indonesian police detained 11 people, suspected of planning terrorist attacks on the US embassy and other targets, in four provinces in Java, the Jakarta Post reported on Saturday.
The suspected terrorists were members of a new group called Haraqah Sunni for Indonesian Society, or Hasmi, the Jakarta Post quoted National Police spokesman Suhardi Alius as saying.
“The targets of the group were allegedly American embassy offices in Surabaya and Jakarta; Plaza 89, in front of Australian embassy and [US mining giant] Freeport headquarters in Jakarta, and the Srondol Mobile Brigade headquarters in Semarang,” Suhardi said.
Officers of the anti-terror squad confiscated several live bombs, high explosive materials, bomb parts and bomb-making manuals in the raids, Suhardi said adding that the police are investigating whether the group has ties with other terrorist organizations.
Indonesia, the world’s most populous Muslim-majority nation, has been battling terrorists since the 2002 bombings of two Bali nightclubs, which killed 202 people, mostly foreign tourists.