Indonesian security forces say they have uncovered a militant plot to
assassinate the president and kill foreigners in a Mumbai-style attack.
They say the plan was to strike during an Independence Day ceremony on 17
August, and declare an Islamic state.
The militants also planned to take over hotels and kill foreigners, they
The announcement came a day after three suspected militants were detained in
the latest in a series of anti-terror raids.
Police said the men were linked to a militant training camp discovered in
Aceh in February. Dozens of suspected Islamists have been detained since
then and a number killed.
The announcement, by National Police Chief Bambang Hendarso Danuri, came at
a briefing on raids by carried out by the authorities since the discovery of
the Aceh training camp.
"They planned to attack and murder state officials at the 17 August
celebrations," he said. "There, they saw all of the state officials as
assassination targets, including the state guests attending the ceremony."
They believed that this would help them create a state ruled by Shariah law,
"Their plan was also to launch attacks in Jakarta against foreigners -
especially Americans - and attack and control hotels within certain
communities, imitating what happened in Mumbai," he said.
The Mumbai attacks in 2008 left 174 people dead, nine of them gunmen. The
militants attacked two luxury hotels, a train station and a Jewish centre.
The discovery of the Aceh camp raised fears that terror networks re-emerging
Security analysts say the events show that there is still support for
extremism in Indonesia despite the efforts of police to clamp down.