Indonesian Police Arrest 2 on Terrorist Charges - The New Indian Express

Indonesian Police Arrest 2 on Terrorist Charges

Published: 21st January 2014 10:24 AM

Last Updated: 21st January 2014 10:24 AM

Militants acting in coordination with al-Qaida carried out a series of large attacks on western targets in the 2000s. Less professional groups now make up the main threat, mostly targeting police to avenge deadly raids on fellow extremists.

In a statement, police said Tuesday that officers seized bombs and bomb-making equipment from a rented house the men were staying in.

It said the men admitted to planning an attack on a police post in the city on Tuesday.

Others targets possible targets included a large prostitution complex in the city, Indonesian's second largest.

Indonesia has more Muslims than any other nation, many of them devout, but in general the practice of the faith is less rigid and exclusive than in parts the Middle East and South Asia. But an extremist fringe has long existed, and has been energized over the last 15 years by global jihadi trends.

Lawyers for the men weren't available.

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