Date
26 May 2017
Police cordon off a house in Mojokerto, East Java, after an anti-terror operation on Sunday. Authorities said they arrested several people in various locations in a bid to foil possible attacks during Christmas and New Year holidays. Photo: Reuters
Police cordon off a house in Mojokerto, East Java, after an anti-terror operation on Sunday. Authorities said they arrested several people in various locations in a bid to foil possible attacks during Christmas and New Year holidays. Photo: Reuters

Indonesia makes several arrests in anti-terror operation

Indonesian police have carried out many raids over the past few days and arrested several men suspected of planning terror attacks, the Wall Street Journal reported.

The arrests were carried out at different locations on the main island of Java that is home to more than half of the nation’s population, the report said.

In once instance, a man was said to have been detained as he was found in possession of chemicals, phones and electronic circuits, as well as jihadist literature.

The Associated Press has reported that the nation’s capital, Jakarta, was the planned target for a New Year’s attack.

Indonesia raises security levels every year at the Christmas and New Year’s period after terrorists linked to al-Qaeda carried out coordinated attacks on churches on Christmas Eve in 2000, killing 18 people.

Security concerns are exacerbated this year by Islamic State attacks in Paris and the IS-inspired shootings in San Bernardino, California.

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