Indonesia terrorist suspects arrested

2012-10-27 16:01
Indonesian police have arrested suspected terrorists allegedly planning attacks on the US embassy and an American consulate. (AP)

Indonesian police have arrested suspected terrorists allegedly planning attacks on the US embassy and an American consulate. (AP)

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Jakarta - Indonesian police arrested 11 suspected terrorists on Saturday allegedly planning attacks on the US embassy and an American consulate, a spokesperson said.

"The group's objectives were to attack the US embassy in Jakarta and consulate-general in the eastern Javanese city of Surabaya," national police spokesperson Suhardi Alius told reporters.

Alius said the group was also targeting a building in the capital near the Australian embassy where US mining giant Freeport-McMoRan has an office.

"We also confiscated an explosive device from a home in the town of Madiun in eastern Java, as well as explosive materials and a bomb-making manual," Alius said.

Anti-terror police Detachment 88 made the arrests in four cities, including Jakarta, in a sweep on the island of Java, saying the detained belonged to a new network known as Hasmi.

Explosive materials were also secured from a location in Solo, central Java, and in Bogor on the outskirts of the capital.

Indonesia was rocked by a series of deadly attacks blamed on the al-Qaeda-linked Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) last decade, including the 2002 Bali bombings that killed 202 people, mostly foreign tourists.

Indonesia has not seen a major attack since 2009 and authorities say a long crackdown on terrorism has debilitated JI.

But smaller terror cells aspiring to an Islamic caliphate through violent means have emerged, though none have carried out any serious attacks.

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