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Indonesian Police Seize Bombs, Arrest 9 Suspected Terrorists


Indonesian police discovered a supply of homemade bombs during a raid in South Sumatra. Nine people were arrested in connection with the discovery and taken to the country's capital. Chad Bouchard reports from Jakarta.

About 20 homemade bombs were found in the attic of a rented house in the city of Palembang in southern Sumatra.

Police General Inspector Ito Sumardi says that police could not immediately identify the suspects.

He says the suspects' identities are not yet clear, but police have taken fingerprints from the crime scene and sent them to another location to be analyzed. He says they will have to wait one or two days for the results.

Members of the anti-terrorism squad called Detachment 88 were involved in the arrests. The squad is trained by experts from the United States and Australia.

News media have reported that one of the suspects is a fugitive from Singapore blamed for a plot to bomb an airport there.

That man, Mas Selamat Kastari, is alleged to be the Singapore leader of Jemaah Islamiah, a militant Islamic group based in Indonesia. The group has ties to the al-Qaida network.

JI is considered to be responsible for a chain of bombings in Southeast Asia, including the 2002 bombings in Bali that killed 202 people.

Dozens of men linked to JI, which allegedly wants to establish an Islamic state in much of Southeast Asia, have been convicted in Indonesia on terrorism charges.

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