INDONESIA: Police arrest 11 suspected Muslim terrorists planning attacks on American and Australian Embassies

Indonesia’s anti-terror squad arrested 11 Muslims (Obama’s homeboys?) suspected of planning a range of attacks on domestic and foreign targets including the U.S. and Australian embassies. Suspects belonged to a new group called the Sunni Movement for Indonesian Society (HASMI).

The Blaze  Police seized a number of bombs, explosive materials, a bomb-making manual and ammunition, Aliyus said. He said the group had plans to target the U.S. Embassy in Jakarta and a plaza near the Australian Embassy and the local office of U.S. mining giant Freeport-McMoRan. It also planned to attack the U.S. Consulate in Surabaya and the headquarters of a police special force in Central Java, he said.

Indonesia, the world’s most populous Muslim-majority nation, has been battling terrorists since the 2002 bombings in Bali by militants linked to the Southeast Asian network Jemaah Islamiyah which killed 202 people,  including 88 Australians..  The government has arrested more than 700 suspected Muslim terrorists and killed dozens more in an attempt to root out militants.

Recent terror attacks in the country have been carried out by individuals or small groups and have targeted security forces and local “infidels” instead of Westerners, with less deadly results. The arrests announced Saturday appear to be the first in recent years to involve a group that allegedly planned to target foreign facilities.

Indonesia has not seen a major attack since 2009 and authorities say a long crackdown on terrorism has debilitated JI. But smaller terror cells aspiring to an Islamic caliphate through violent means have emerged, though none have carried out any serious attacks.

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