Indonesia terror suspect surrenders

September 11, 2012
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JAKARTA, Indonesia – A terror suspect sought since last week has turned himself in and confessed to planning a suicide bombing attack against Buddhists in Jakarta to protest Burma's treatment of Muslim Rohingya, local media reported Monday (September 10th).

The man, identified as Muhammad Toriq, 32, surrendered Sunday, national police spokesman Boy Rafli Amar said. The suspected militant fled his house in a Jakarta suburb Wednesday after neighbours reported seeing smoke rising from it. It turned out to be a cloud of explosives material that had accidently spilled.

Police launched a manhunt after discovering detonators, boxes of nails, sulphur and other explosive materials in his home.

"We confirm Toriq has turned himself in," Amar told reporters, according to AFP. "Based on preliminary investigations, he planned to carry out suicide bombings today (Monday)."

The Jakarta Post reported that Toriq may to be linked to recent shootings targeting police posts in Surakarta, Central Java.

Amar said Toriq's potential targets included the elite Brimob police headquarters, the office of the Detachment 88 anti-terror police, a police station and the "Buddhist community", all in Jakarta.

His surrender came a day after a blast at an apparent bomb-making workshop in Depok, near Jakarta, left six people injured, one critically . The Saturday night blast badly damaged a house that passed itself off as an orphanage near Jakarta in Beji, Depok, West Java.

Jakarta police spokesman Rikwanto told AFP, "The explosive materials found in the latest blast were similar to those found in West Jakarta ... We are investigating if they are from the same group."

Jawa Pos reported that the critically injured man met with Toriq and another man at the "orphanage" shortly before the bomb he was making exploded in his hands. The two men fled the scene before police arrived.

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    • H. Ashari Alie Yinne, SH.
      September 11, 2012 @ 04:09:06AM
    • Be trusted policemen, and the criminals or suspects may surrender themselves in due course. Similar to us, suspects or criminals are also human beings, so that our treastment on them should be also positive. However, those are residivists should be educated firmly, to bring them into the correct path or good behavior.

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