Indonesian anti-terror unit arrests Burmese embassy plot suspects

Indonesian anti-terror unit arrests Burmese embassy plot suspects

Indonesian anti-terrorism police arrested five men in Bekasi, West Java, in a raid on Tuesday night targeting an alleged militant group accused of plotting several attacks in the country including a bomb plot against the Burmese embassy in May.

Three of the suspects were handed over to local police, according to a report in the Jakarta Globe on Wednesday. However the anti-terrorism squad, known locally as Densus 88, held onto a 32-year-old man suspected of involvement in the foiled plot to bomb Burma’s embassy in Jakarta. Police said the suspect was found in possession of ammunition, airsoft guns and explosive materials during a raid on his home.

In August, Indonesian security forces arrested the alleged mastermind of the plot. Police foiled the plot on 2 May when they detained two men with a backpack holding five pipe bombs, who had allegedly been planning to launch an attack the following day.

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Also on Tuesday, Indonesia hosted a conference aimed at curbing human trafficking in the region. Indonesian Foreign Affairs Minister Marty Natalegawa chaired the summit which was attended by representatives from 13 countries. Minister for Home Affairs Ko Ko represented Burma at the conference which also included the participation of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and the International Organization for Migration.

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