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planned terrorist attack on U.S. embassy, ​​consulate and other agencies in Indonesia

28 Oct

Police arrest 11 suspects with explosives, intended to attack the U.S. embassy, ​​consulate and other agencies

An Indonesian anti-terror squad arrested 11 people suspected of planning a series of attacks on foreign and local targets, including the embassies of the United States and Australia, police said Saturday.

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The suspects were arrested in raids on Friday and Saturday in four provinces, said national police spokesman, Gen. Suhardi Aliyus.

He said the suspects belonged to a new group of qualified Sunni Movement for Society Indonesia, or Hasmi.

Police seized numerous large bombs and material to cause explosions, ammunition and bomb-making manual, Aliyus said.

The military said the group had plans to attack the U.S. Embassy in Jakarta and a square near the Australian Embassy and the local offices of mining giant Freeport-McMoRan.

Also planning attacks against U.S. consulate in Surabaya and the headquarters of the special police force in Central Java, he added.

No detailed what stage were the plans for the attacks.

Indonesia, which is the largest Muslim country in the world, has fought the terrorists since the Bali bombings in 2002, which were perpetrated by militants linked to the Southeast Asian network Jemaah Islamiyah, which killed 202 people, mostly tourists.

The attacks that followed have left more than 50 people, mostly Indonesians.

The government has arrested more than 700 suspected terrorists and has killed dozens of others in an attempt to root out militants.

Recent terrorist attacks in the country have been perpetrated by individuals or small groups against security forces and “infidels” instead of Westerners local, with fewer victims.

The arrests announced Saturday appeared to result from the first action in recent years involving a group that allegedly planned to attack foreign facilities.

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