JAKARTA: Indonesian police have arrested seven suspects linked to a foiled bomb plot in Jakarta, it was announced on Monday (Dec 12), including a second bomb assembler and a woman suspected of preparing to carry out a suicide bombing mission.
"As of today, seven people have been named suspects, including the alleged bomb assembler who was arrested in Ngawi, East Java," Indonesian police spokesperson Inspector General Boy Rafli Amar told The Jakarta Post on Monday.
Boy added that the suspects were part of a terrorist network led by Indonesian militant Bahrun Naim, believed to be behind a terror attack on Jakarta in January this year. The attack was the first claimed by Islamic State in Southeast Asia, and saw four civilians killed.
“They prepared bombs that they learned to assemble on the Internet," Indonesian national police chief General Tito Karnavian told The Jakarta Post. He added that Bahrun had provided funds "for the mission", and that the security post at Jakarta's state palace was the main target. He also said that one of the women arrested was prepared as "the bride", using terminology referencing a suicide bombing perpetrator.
Police safely detonated a bomb on the outskirts of Jakarta on Saturday, after they raided a dormitory in Bekasi, about an hour outside Jakarta, and found an unexploded bomb. "The plan was to use the bomb at the presidential palace during the change of guard," Jakarta police spokesperson Argo Yuwono said in a statement.
Four suspected militants were arrested on Saturday, including a woman in the dormitory where the three-kilogramme bomb encased in a pressure cooker was discovered. Police said they had intercepted a letter the woman had intended to send to her parents stating her intention to carry out jihad.