Indonesia police arrest three people suspected of plotting attack in Jakarta with "rice-cooker" bomb

According to the police, the target of the attack is a "vital object".
According to the police, the target of the attack is a "vital object".FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

JAKARTA - Indonesian police on Saturday (Dec 10) arrested three people suspected to be plotting an attack in the capital with a high-explosive "rice-cooker" bomb.

"Two men and a woman are undergoing intensive investigation to get further information on the network and the possibility of other explosives," National Police spokesman Boy Rafli Amar told TVOne news channel in a live broadcast.

The trio were nabbed in a raid on a rented house on Saturday in Bintara Jaya area in Bekasi, outside Jakarta.

The Presidential Palace was said to be the target, according to initial reports in local media, but the police would only say the suspects were planning to strike a “vital object”.

"It is still being investigated. What's clear, the information we can convey is, their target is a vital object," Boy Rafili Amar said.

Another police spokesman, Colonel Rikwanto, confirmed that a fourth suspect – a male – was arrested in Karanganyar regency in Central Java on Saturday.

Police have also found a bomb made up of "high-explosive" materials contained in a rice cooker, adding: "The casing is a rice cooker. The content is dangerous."

 

The trio, which includes a couple, are linked to Jamaah Anshar Daulah Khilafah Nusantara (JAKDN) militant group, which which has pledged its allegiance to the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

The group is also connected to several terror incidents including an attack on a local police headquarters in Solo in July.