Police in West Java yesterday foiled a plot to attack President Joko Widodo and his security detail, after they arrested a 31-year-old militant with five petrol bombs.
The suspect was nabbed near a helicopter landing pad at Penggung Airport in Cirebon, a city in West Java province.
President Joko, better known as Jokowi, is scheduled to visit the city today to attend a cultural festival.
Preliminary investigations indicated that the suspect, identified by the police by the initials "IM", is a member of the Jemaah Ansharut Daulah (JAD), a local terrorist network with ties to the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). The JAD has been behind a series of attacks in Indonesia recently.
West Java police spokesman Umar Surya Fana told Detik News that aside from the petrol bombs, the suspect was also carrying, among other items, a bayonet, an Airsoft replica of a pistol, as well as a note with an invitation to engage in armed struggle.
This is the second attempt by JAD militants in just over a month to attack the President and police officers.
Indonesian counter-terrorism police on Aug 15 also foiled a plot to attack the Istana Negara presidential palace in Jakarta with "chemical bombs" after they arrested five suspects during a raid in Bandung, also in West Java.
The suspects, said to be members of a local JAD cell, included a married couple who were deported from Hong Kong recently after being caught for allegedly spreading extremist ideology.
The terror plot was uncovered by officers from the police counter- terrorism unit Densus 88 when they raided a house in Antapani, a small village in Bandung.
Among the items found in the house were chemicals that the suspects had planned to use in home- made bombs, said the police.
The arrest in Bandung came just two days before Indonesia celebrated its 72nd Independence Day on Aug 17.