Indonesia arrests militants in bomb plot

2014-01-21 07:47
Indonesian policemen from an anti-terror unit conducting a raid at an alleged terror suspects' house in Surabaya. (Juni Kriswanto, AFP)

Indonesian policemen from an anti-terror unit conducting a raid at an alleged terror suspects' house in Surabaya. (Juni Kriswanto, AFP)

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Surabaya - Indonesian police said on Tuesday they have arrested two Islamic militants who allegedly plotted to attack a red-light district and police posts in the country's second-biggest city.

Isnaini Ramdhoni and Abdul Majid were detained late on Monday at a petrol station in Surabaya, in the east of the main island of Java. Police later found two live pipe bombs packed with nails during a search of Majid's house.

Their potential targets included police posts, the city's huge red-light district and nightclubs, said national police spokesperson Boy Rafli Amar.

East Java province police chief, Unggung Cahyono, said the pair were linked to a terror group on northern Sulawesi island, called the Eastern Indonesia Mujahideen, led by the country's most wanted Islamic militant, Santoso.

Indonesia has waged a crackdown on Islamic militant networks over the past decade after attacks on Western targets, including the 2002 Bali bombings which killed 202 people, mostly foreign tourists.

The crackdown has succeeded in dismantling groups seen as a major threat although small terror cells still exist. Recent attacks have largely been aimed at domestic security forces.

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