In­done­sian po­lice evac­u­ate cit­i­zens af­ter bomb found

Kuwait Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

In­done­sian po­lice said they evac­u­ated a neigh­bor­hood on the out­skirts of the cap­i­tal yes­ter­day af­ter dis­cov­er­ing a bomb in a raid on sus­pected Is­lamic mil­i­tants who were plan­ning to at­tack the pres­i­den­tial palace. Na­tional Po­lice spokesman Boy Rafli Amar said peo­ple liv­ing within a 300-me­ter (yard) ra­dius of the board­ing house that was raided were evac­u­ated. Po­lice ex­plo­sive ex­perts were at the scene.

Amar said two men and one woman were ar­rested. The bomb was en­cased in a pres­sure cooker, a po­lice pho­to­graph broad­cast on TV showed. Umar Surya Fana, the po­lice chief of Bekasi, a Jakarta satel­lite city where the evac­u­ated neigh­bor­hood is lo­cated, said the two men were ar­rested shortly af­ter leav­ing the board­ing house. The woman was ar­rested in the board­ing house.

Fana said that the mil­i­tants were mon­i­tored by the coun­tert­er­ror­ism squad, and that po­lice be­lieved they had been plan­ning to bomb the pres­i­den­tial palace dur­ing a guard-chang­ing cer­e­mony that is a tourist at­trac­tion in Jakarta. A will of the woman seized dur­ing the in­ves­ti­ga­tion stated her desire to take part in “amaliyah,” an Ara­bic term used by ex­trem­ist groups for at­tacks or suicide bomb­ings. Amar said the three who were ar­rested are sus­pected to be part of a mil­i­tant net­work linked to a bomb­mak­ing lab raided last month in West Java prov­ince. Those ar­rested last month planned to bomb tar­gets in Jakarta, in­clud­ing the par­lia­ment and the Myan­mar Em­bassy. — AP

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