Indonesia arrests militant planning attacks

World Saturday 26/November/2016 16:42 PM
By: Times News Service
Indonesia arrests militant planning attacks

Jakarta: Police in Indonesia have arrested a suspected militant and seized a large quantity of bomb making material that he planned to use in attacks on government buildings and the Myanmar embassy in Jakarta next month, a police spokesman said.
The suspect, arrested at his home in Majalengka regency in West Java earlier this week, was identified as Rio Priatna Wibawa, 23, who is believed to be a member of an Indonesian group that supports IS.
Local media reported that the amount of explosives seized would have resulted in a blast twice as powerful as the bomb that killed 202 people in a Bali nightclub in 2002.
Police also confiscated some books, a black flag, rounds of bullets and several weapons, including an air rifle and a machete, police spokesman Boy Rafli Amar told a press conference on Saturday.
"We are now trying to prove how he had planned everything, whether he was working alone and how he managed to get the money to buy that much explosive material," he said.
Wibawa, who studied agricultural science at university and was unemployed, was a self-taught bomb-maker who had planned to distribute explosives to several places across Indonesia, Amar said.
Indonesia has seen a string of IS-linked attacks this year, the biggest of which was a gun and bomb assault in the capital Jakarta that killed four people in January.
Authorities are concerned about a resurgence in radicalism and say there are hundreds of IS sympathisers in Indonesia.
Lately, anger has been mounting in the nations in Southeast Asia, such as Indonesia and Malaysia, over a crackdown on Rohingyas in Myanmar, leading to demonstrations in several cities, including Jakarta.
Separately, police have also detained nine suspected IS sympathisers from a different group, who police said had incited violence at a mass protest on November 4 by hardliners calling for the removal of Jakarta's governor.