Indonesia jails extremist over Myanmar embassy plot
Published on Jan 6, 2014 3:41 PM
JAKARTA (AFP) - An Indonesian court jailed an Islamic extremist for seven and a half years on Monday over an "evil" plot to bomb the Myanmar embassy to avenge the killing of Rohingya Muslims.
Achmad Taufiq is one of several men to have gone on trial over the May plot, which came amid anger in Muslim-majority Indonesia at persecution of the stateless Rohingya in mainly Buddhist Myanmar.
Police foiled the plan the night before it was due to take place when they arrested Taufiq in Jakarta carrying a backpack full of homemade bombs while riding a motorbike with another militant.
The 22-year-old plotted with other militants and helped assemble the pipe-bombs, according to his indictment.
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