‘Mil­i­tants were plan­ning em­bassy at­tack’

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JAKARTA: In­done­sian po­lice ar­rested a third Is­lamic State-linked mil­i­tant yes­ter­day ac­cused of plot­ting to bomb the Myan­mar em­bassy in Jakarta, as anger grows at a vi­o­lent mil­i­tary crack­down on Ro­hingya Mus­lims.

The mil­i­tants – all from a do­mes­tic cell af­fil­i­ated with the Syria-based ji­hadist group – had amassed enough ex­plo­sives to cre­ate bombs more pow­er­ful than those used in the 2002 Bali bomb­ings, which killed 202 peo­ple, po­lice say.

“They were help­ing plan a bomb at­tack against par­lia­ment, the na­tional po­lice head­quar­ters, the em­bassy of Myan­mar and sev­eral tele­vi­sion sta­tions,” na­tional po­lice spokesman Rik­wanto said in a text mes­sage.

Anger is grow­ing in In­done­sia and other parts of Mus­lim world over what has been de­scribed as the “eth­nic cleans­ing” of Ro­hingya in Myan­mar’s Rakhine state.

Refugees flee­ing into Bangladesh say Myan­mar’s mil­i­tary has been lead­ing a cam­paign of rape and mur­der against the home­less eth­nic group.

Thou­sands of Mus­lims ral­lied in cap­i­tals across Asia on Fri­day de­mand­ing an end to the vi­o­lence.

In In­done­sia, the world’s largest Mus­lim-ma­jor­ity coun­try, pro­test­ers urged their govern­ment to cut diplo­matic ties with Yan­gon.

In­done­sia’s anti-ter­ror unit Wed­nes­day nabbed sus­pected bomb maker Rio Pri­atna Wi­bowo and seized a sig­nif­i­cant quan­tity of high­grade ex­plo­sives from a lab­o­ra­tory west of the cap­i­tal Jakarta.

His ar­rest led to the cap­ture of two other sus­pected mil­i­tants in dif­fer­ent parts of the coun­try, Rik­wanto said yes­ter­day.

Bahrain Agam was de­tained Satur­day for al­legedly pur­chas­ing the ex­plo­sives while Sai­ful Bahri was ar­rested yes­ter­day ac­cused of help­ing as­sem­ble the bombs, said Rik­wanto. – AFP

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