May 24, 2013

INDONESIA: National Police Anti-Terror Unit Arrest Alleged Myanmar Embassy Islamic Militant Bombing Plot Mastermind And Two Other Suspects

Jakarta Globe
written by Farouk Arnaz
Thursday May 23, 2013

The National Police anti-terror unit Densus 88 arrested late on Wednesday a man believed to be the mastermind behind the Myanmar embassy bombing plot.

“Sigit [Indrajit], who allegedly planned the Myanmar embassy bombing, was arrested at around 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday in Tanjung Priok, North Jakarta,” National Police spokesman Brig. Gen. Boy Rafli Amar said on Thursday.

Two other suspects in the bomb plot, Sefa and Achmad Taufiq, were arrested on May 2 while they were traveling by motorbike in a busy residential area in South Jakarta with five assembled pipe bombs. They allegedly wanted to exact revenge on the Myanmar government for its treatment of the country’s Rohingya Muslim population.

Police claimed that they were able to thwart the bombing plan because they had been monitoring Sigit’s moves. Police subsequently raided Sigit’s house in Pamulang, South Tangerang, but he had already fled.

Meanwhile, police also arrested a terrorism suspect identified as Rohadi at 2:40 a.m. on Thursday morning in his house in Tangerang. It was not clear if he was connected to the Myanmar Embassy bomb plot.

“An anti-bomb squad searched his house and found one kilogram of fertilizer, sulphur, black powder, glue gun, cable, potassium chlorate and an iron pipe with a diameter of 1.5 inches,” Boy said.

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