Jakarta police foil plot to bomb Myanmar Embassy
Militants arrested with pipe bombs meant for attack
INDONESIA'S anti-terror police nabbed two militants carrying five pipe bombs that they say were to be used to attack the Myanmar Embassy here, in a sign that tensions over violence against Muslim Rohingya in Myanmar are spreading beyond that country's borders.
Police chased the suspects as they fled on motorcycles and caught them late on Thursday on Central Jakarta's main road. They nabbed Achmad Taufiq, 21, from Central Java, and Sefa Riano, 28, a Jakarta resident who sells bottled mineral water. Both had backpacks, one containing homemade bombs and the other, cables.
National police spokesman Boy Rafli Amar told reporters that the duo could be a new cell with a desire to avenge recent attacks on Muslims in the Buddhist-majority country.
The arrests appeared to validate concerns that the troubles in Myanmar could become a rallying point for radicals in Indonesia, which has the world's largest Muslim population. "They could have picked up lessons from and befriended the old network," Mr Boy Rafli told a media briefing at the police headquarters here. "We are still investigating."
DUO COULD BE NEW CELL
They could have picked up lessons from and befriended the old network. We are still investigating.
- National police spokesman Boy Rafli Amar, on the two men who were captured