Indonesia: Plot Foiled to Kill Officials, Shiite Followers
By: News Desk
JAKARTA, Indonesia: Indonesian police said Monday they have foiled
a plot to kill government officials, law enforcement officers and
Shiite followers by ISIS affiliated militants arrested over the
weekend. Security was raised at airports, the presidential palace,
foreign embassies and shopping malls, and the government said it
will deploy more than 150,000 personnel to safeguard public places
and churches across the country.
According to Associated Press, Information from the U.S., Australia
and Singapore helped Indonesian police discover that the attacks
were planned for the year-end holiday season, national police chief
Gen. Badrodin Haiti said.
"This is the result of sharing intelligence to combat international
evil," Haiti said. "There is a possibility of other groups, and we
will continue to pursue them."
Anti-terror police arrested nine men over the weekend in five cities
on Indonesia's main island of Java.
Those arrested included Zaenal, who is thought to have planned to be
a suicide bomber in one of the attacks, and Asep Urip, a teacher at
an Islamic boarding school who allegedly received funds from
Indonesian militants who are joining the Islamic State group in
Syria, national police spokesman Maj. Gen. Anton Charlian said at a
separate news conference.
Their interrogation led police to arrest several other suspects who
had been sought since a raid on their bomb-making factory in Klaten
town last year, he said.
They have expertise in shooting and bomb-making because of their
membership in Jemaah Islamiyah, an al-Qaida-linked Southeast Asian
group blamed for the deadly 2002 nightclub bombings on the
Indonesian resort island of Bali, Charlian said.
"This group has collaborated with those who returned from war in
Syria," he said. "They want to perform a 'concert' to attract
international news coverage of their existence here."
He cited a document seized from the group that described the planned
attacks as a "concert."
Charlian said police have identified about 240 people who have
returned home out of at least 800 Indonesians who have traveled to
the Middle East to join IS.
"They are under our close observation. ... If any of them attempt
terrorist activities, we can immediately arrest them," Charlian
Haiti said intelligence gleaned from the suspects and evidence
seized from their hideouts revealed an elaborate plot to kill
police, including anti-terror squad leaders, government officials,
Shiite followers and others considered to be enemies of their faith.
The announcements were made after a meeting Monday of
security-related Australian and Indonesian Cabinet ministers.
Australian Attorney General George Brandis said both nations face a
problem of IS group-inspired terrorism.
"It is a problem that both of our countries are very vulnerable to
and therefore as friends and neighbors, it is important that we
cooperate with one another in sharing intelligence," he said.
Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim nation, has suffered a
spate of deadly attacks by the Jemaah Islamiyah network in the past.
But strikes in recent years have been smaller and less deadly and
have targeted government authorities, mainly police and
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