Suspected terrorists had planned to explode Royal Danish Embassy in Kuningan, South Jakarta, using a car-bomb, National Police chief Gen. Bambang Hendarso Danuri said on Thursday.
Bambang said the embassy was targeted in retaliation of the globally criticized publication of Prophet Muhammad cartoon by Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten in 2005, Bambang said.
The counterterrorism squad raided members of the terror group, including their leader Abdullah Sunata, in Klaten, Central Java, last week.
“Among the suspects arrested in Klaten was a bomb expert. He was a student of Dr. Azahari,” Bambang told reporters at the police’s Mobile Brigade headquarters in Kelapa Dua, Depok, West Java. Bambang was referring to Malaysian bomber who was killed in a raid in Malang, East Java, in 2005.
Abdullah, along with his fellow terror suspects Amir Mahmudi and Sogir, were captured alive, while the other suspect, Yuli Karsono, was shot dead as he opened fire at the police.
Bambang said the police seized seven hand-made bombs which were “ready for use”.
The police said the group had also planned an attack on the police during the commemoration of the National Police’s 64th anniversary on Thursday.