Indonesia arrests militants planning red-light district attack
SURABAYA (AFP) - Indonesian police said on Tuesday they have arrested two Islamic militants who allegedly plotted to attack a red-light district and police posts in the country's second-biggest city.
Isnaini Ramdhoni and Abdul Majid were detained late on Monday at a petrol station in Surabaya, in the east of the main island of Java. Police later found two live pipe bombs packed with nails during a search of Majid's house.
Their potential targets included police posts, the city's huge red-light district and nightclubs, said national police spokesman Boy Rafli Amar.
East Java province police chief, Unggung Cahyono, said the pair were linked to a terror group on northern Sulawesi island, called the Eastern Indonesia Mujahideen, led by the country's most wanted Islamic militant, Santoso.