11 Indonesian Terror Suspects Arrested Before They Attack Churches

05/31/2021 Indonesia (International Christian Concern) – On Monday, Indonesian police arrested 11 suspected Islamic militants accused of plotting attacks at several Christian churches in the Christian-majority Papua province.

According to the chief of the Merauke district police, Adjunct Senior Commissioner Untung Sangaji, the ten terror suspects have been detained since May 28 for their plans of suicide bombings in Merauke, Papua. Another suspect was nabbed on Sunday.

He added that those arrested are suspected of being members of Jemaah Anshorut Daulah (JAD), a terrorist group affiliated with the Islamic State and has carried out a series of suicide bombings in Indonesia.

The police did not specify how many churches were targeted by the alleged plotters.

During the raids at several locations, items including chemicals for explosives, modified air guns able to fire real bullets, jihadist books and documents on planned attacks were seized by the anti-terror police.

ABC News reports that some of the suspects are believed to have links to a suicide attack outside a Roman Catholic cathedral during Palm Sunday Mass in March in Makassar, the capital of South Sulawesi, that wounded 20 people.

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