BREAKING: Police thwart BOMB ATTACK near tourist hotspot Jakarta

BREAKING: Police thwart BOMB ATTACK near tourist hotspot Jakarta

These arrests are the latest in a security crackfrown before the New Year holiday season and come as fears have been heightened or a rise in Islamic State inspired radicalism in Indonesia.

Jakarta police spokesman Argo Yuwono said: “The plan was to use the bomb at the presidential palace during the change of guard.”

Two men and one woman were arrested, which is likely to cause concern in Indonesia because of the possibility that women are being recruited into more active roles.

Terrorism analyst Ridwan Habib said: “This marks a new chapter of terrorism in Indonesia, where the suicide bombing was to be carried out by a woman.” 

People living near to the boarding house where the bomb was found have been evacuated.

Police raided a dormitory in Bekasi, a town about an hour outside Jakarta, and found an unexploded bomb.

Security forces carried out a controlled detonation of the bomb.

Islamic State has about 1,200 sympathisers in Indonesia.

The three people who were arrested are suspects of being part of a militant network linked to Bahrun Naim, an Indonesian fighting for the Islamic State in Syria.

Bahrun is believed to be one of the masterminds of an attack that took place in January in central Jakarta, in which eight people were killed including the four attackers.

More to follow…

Published at Sat, 10 Dec 2016 15:18:00 +0000