The Straits Times
Published on Jan 05, 2013

Five alleged terrorists killed in raids in Indonesia: Police


JAKARTA (AFP) - Five suspected terrorists were killed in raids on militant camps in eastern Indonesia in the latest in a series of anti-terror operations, police said on Saturday.

National police spokesman Boy Rafli Amar said the raids took place late on Friday and Saturday morning on two separate militant training camps in West Nusa Tenggara province.

"Police were forced to open fire as they (the militants) have explosive material. They used the locations to assemble bombs," the spokesman said, adding that five pipe-bombs and materials to make explosive devices such as nitrate urea powder, scores of nails and batteries were seized during the operations.

The raids came after police on Friday killed two suspected Islamic militants carrying a handgun and grenades, and arrested four others, in Makassar, capital of South Sulawesi province.