Suspected mastermind of foiled Burmese embassy plot held

May 24, 2013
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JAKARTA, Indonesia – Police late Wednesday (May 22nd) arrested the alleged mastermind of a foiled plot to bomb the Burmese Embassy in Jakarta as well as another suspect believed to be a bomb maker, local media reported.

"Sigit (Indrajit), who allegedly planned the bombing, was arrested at around 8.30pm on Wednesday in Tanjung Priok, North Jakarta," National Police spokesman Boy Rafli Amar said Thursday, according to The Jakarta Globe. Sigit had just arrived by boat from Sumatra Island.

Indonesia's anti-terror unit had been searching for him since the plot was foiled on May 2nd, when two men were arrested carrying pipe bombs in a backpack, AFP reported.

Police said the attack was planned for the next day, apparently to avenge the persecution of Burma's Rohingya Muslim minority.

The second suspect, identified only as Rohadi, was detained early Thursday at a house in the outskirts of Jakarta where officers found bomb-making materials including fertiliser, Amar said. "We believe Rohadi played the role of bomb maker," he added.

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