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Indonesian anti-terror police on Wednesday shot dead three men suspected of involvement in a plot to bomb the Burmese embassy after a seven-hour firefight at their hideout.
The elite unit swooped on the house on the outskirts of Bandung city in West Java in the morning but the suspects refused to surrender, shooting at the officers and hurling explosives.
The police, heavily armed and wearing combat gear, exchanged fire with the men for several hours and hurled tear gas canisters into the building to try to flush them out.
Around 7:00 pm (1200 GMT), police said the three men left in the house surrounded by paddy fields — a fourth suspect was arrested earlier — had been shot dead.
“Three of the suspects were killed in the shoot-out,” said national police chief Timur Pradopo, speaking from the site where a huge crowd had gathered to watch the stand-off and hundreds of local police formed a cordon.
Police seized three guns and 280 bullets from the house and the men were believed to be part of a nationwide terror group, he added.
Local police spokesman Martinus Sitompul said the suspects had thrown several bombs at police. An AFP reporter at the scene heard two loud explosions shortly before the suspects were killed.
The fourth suspect, a 25-year-old man, was arrested earlier as he ran out of the house when police threw in tear gas, Pradopo said.
In a separate raid on Wednesday, police said they shot dead a man and arrested a second in the central Java district of Batang. They were suspected of robbing a jewellery store to fund militant training.
Deputy national police chief Nanan Soekarna said the raid on the house in Bandung was related to “the arrest of terrorists in Jakarta” last week.
Anti-terrorist police last Thursday detained two men suspected of planning a bomb attack on the Burmese embassy in Jakarta, following violence in Burma that has left many minority Muslims dead and tens of thousands displaced.
Five assembled pipe-bombs were found in a backpack the men were carrying, and they had planned to launch the attack last Friday, according to officials.
Anger has been growing in Indonesia, the world’s most populous Muslim-majority country, over the violence in largely Buddhist Burma.
There has been particular concern over violence against the Rohingya, as an increasing number of the minority arrive in Indonesia by boat fleeing the violence in their homeland.
After the embassy plot was uncovered, hundreds of members of hardline group the Islamic Defenders Front rallied outside the mission on Friday and called for “jihad” in Burma to avenge Muslim deaths.
Burma is in the grip of acute religious tension after a deadly wave of unrest in March that saw monks and Buddhist mobs attack Muslim areas.
Clashes in Arakan state last year between Rohingya and Buddhists left around 200 dead and tens of thousands displaced.