Terrorist suspects target independence day ceremony: Police

Bagus BT Saragih, The Jakarta Post, Jakarta | Fri, 05/14/2010 4:26 PM | 

The police reveal that terrorist suspects have planned to attack President 
Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and other high-ranking officials during the 
independence day ceremony on Aug. 17 at the State Palace.

"Testimonies from the suspects and seized evidence disclosed that they had 
chosen that option to assassinate the President," National Police chief Gen. 
Bambang Hendarso Danuri told a press conference on Friday.

He said terrorists had also planned to declare that Indonesia was no longer a 
democratic state and became a Sharia nation immediately after President was 

Bambang also said that the option had been chosen since the suspects learned 
that the security guards at State Palace during the ceremony would have no 
bullets in their guns.

During a series of raids by the police's Detachment 88 anti-terror squad since 
January this year, 13 terrorist suspects have been killed and 52 other arrested.

The latest raid was at a battery shop in Sukoharjo, Central Java, where the 
squad nabbed three suspects.

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