Officials: Plot to kill Indonesian president foiled
Friday, May 14, 2010
Indonesian authorities said earlier today that they have uncovered a plot by rebels to assassinate several senior government officials, among them president .
National police chiefcommented on the matter earlier today, saying that several rebels intended to conduct the attack and declare an state during the August 17 independence day ceremony. "They were confident that all state officials and dignitaries would be there. Killing all the state officials would have accelerated the transition from a democracy to a state controlled by Islamic Shariah law," he said.
Danuri added that the attacks also included a plan to attack foreigners and hotels in the capital the 2008 Mumbai attacks that killed 174 after rebels attacked tourist spots like hotels and a train station.— somewhat similar to
"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," the police chief said. "If we had not detected them and their military training had been successful, then they would have assassinated foreigners."
The plot was revealed in part due to several anti-terror raids near the capital, which saw twenty people arrested. Many of those now in custody were reportedly trained at a camp in al-Qaeda in Aceh., and operated by a branch of the group called
This is reportedly the second alleged plot to assassinate the Indonesian president in a year; last August, security forces said they had evidence suggesting rebels would blow up a car by suicide bombers targeted hotels in the capital.'s motorcade. The last large rebel attack was in last July, when
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