Indonesia arrests 11 planning terror attack on US embassy

Indonesia arrests 11 planning terror attack on US embassy

In country-wide sting, anti-terror squads bust suspects targeting American and Australian diplomats

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian police say they have arrested 11 people suspected of planning a range of terrorist attacks on domestic and foreign targets including the US and Australian embassies.

National Police spokesman Maj. Gen. Suhardi Aliyus says the suspects were arrested by an anti-terror squad in raids Friday night in four provinces.

He said Saturday that police also seized bombs, explosive materials and a bomb-making manual.

He said the newly formed group had plans to target the US Embassy in Jakarta and a plaza near the Australian Embassy and the local office of US mining giant Freeport-McMoRan. Aliyus said they also planned to attack the US Consulate in Surabaya and the headquarters of a police special force in Central Java.

It was unclear how far the plans had advanced.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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