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Indonesian police arrest 8 terror suspects

Published on Sep 22, 2012 7:05 PM
An Indonesian boy takes a look in a hole after a bomb squad police defused homemade bombs they found from arrested terrorist suspects house in Solo, in central Java on Sept 22, 2012. Indonesian anti terror police arrested eight suspected terrorists and found homemade bombs and explosive materials in Solo city of central Java province, police said. -- PHOTO: AFP

JAKARTA (AFP) - Indonesian police arrested eight suspected terrorists in the city of Solo on Saturday, finding homemade bombs and explosive materials in their houses, an official said.

"The anti-terror police arrested eight (terror) suspects in Solo and its surrounding areas," national police chief Timur Pradopo said, adding that explosives were defused during the raids on two houses.

He said that the arrested suspects were linked to an extremist group which planned to carry out attacks against police, without mentioning the group's name.

Saturday's arrest came after a spate of terror-related incidents this month, including an explosion at a house suspected of being a bomb workshop in Depok, near Jakarta, in which three people were injured.

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