Cameraman arrested for church bomb plot

2011-04-23 12:27

Indonesian police said Saturday they had arrested a television news cameraman who had been hired by a terror cell to film a foiled church bombing for international broadcast.

National police spokesperson Boy Rafli Amar said the man was arrested Friday in Jakarta, bringing the total suspects held over the plot to 20.

“They wanted the blast to be broadcast internationally, as if television networks would like to broadcast it. But that was just their idea,” Amar told reporters.

Anti-terror police defused five bombs placed around a church in Serpong on the outskirts of Jakarta on Thursday, and said the attackers had planned to activate them on Good Friday morning.

Police said the group behind the bombs was a “new cell”, many of whom had university degrees.

The same group recently sent out “book bombs” to several addresses including those of liberal Muslim figures and a counter-terrorism official, police said. No one was killed in those attacks.

Indonesia has been rocked by a series of attacks staged by regional terror network Jemaah Islamiyah in recent years, including the 2002 Bali bombings which killed 202 people.

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