Bomb found in farmhouse near Poso

October 31, 2012
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POSO, Indonesia – A search of a farmhouse by police officers and soldiers Sunday (October 28th) resulted in the discovery of a bomb, local media reported. The sweep was conducted as part of investigations into recent acts of terrorism and violence in Poso, Sulawesi.

The plastic-wrapped explosive consisted of metal shards, a 12-volt battery, gunpowder and a detonator, and had the capability of triggering a massive explosion, The Jakarta Globe reported. It was found by authorities as they conducted a sweep of the Tamanjeka hamlet in Central Sulawesi, suspected of being used as a hideout and staging ground for violent attacks, including the October 16th murder of two policemen.

The bomb "was found in somebody's yard," quoted Adjutant Senior Commander Soemarno of the Central Sulawesi police as saying. "The owner of the house is being questioned."

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