Suicide Bomb Plots Foiled by Indonesian Police, Suspects Arrested

10/17/2019 Indonesia (International Christian Concern) – On Tuesday, Indonesian police said they uncovered alleged suicide attack plots targeting officials, security personnel, and places of worship on Java island by suspected members of an IS-linked militant network, days after a man linked to the network stabbed the nation’s security minister and injured two others.

National police spokesman Dedi Prasetyo told press anti-terrorism unit Densus 88 personnel arrested two suspected members of Jamaah Ansharut Daulah (JAD) on Tuesday and seized bomb-making materials including chemicals RDX and HMTD during a West Java raid.

Benar News reports that the two suspects, identified by their initials S and LT, were believed to be would-be suicide bombers whose targets included police and places of worship in Cirebon, according to Dedi. Police also arrested two suspects in Bandung, the capital of West Java province, and confiscated air rifles, knives and other crude weapons.

Based on interrogation of some of most recently arrested suspects, investigators believe JAD militants were plotting to carry out suicide bombings on places of worship and police headquarters in central Java.

“The would-be suicide bombers have been prepared to carry out terrorist acts in Solo and Yogyakarta,” Dedi said. While their main targets are police and officials, they were also given orders to carry out attacks “anywhere, any time.”

In response, around 31,000 security personnel will be on duty during President Jokowi’s second inauguration on Oct. 20, according to the military and police.

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