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Police shot and killed a suspected Islamist terrorist in West Java after he tried to bomb a police station and shoot a policeman. The suspect was seeking to retaliate for a recent series of raids in West Java, Banten, Central Java, and Lampung that resulted in the deaths of three suspected terrorists and capture of others. The raids targeted the Mujahidin in Eastern Indonesia alliance as well as a group led by veteran jihadist Abu Umar.
The Detachment 88 antiterrorism squad arrested two militants in central Jakarta and seized five homemade bombs. The two suspects, Zainal Abidin and Julisman, belong to a terror cell that has attacked Indonesian police, and were said to be planning to attack the Myanmar Embassy in retaliation for the treatment of Royhinga Muslims in Myanmar.
Police in Jakarta killed three militants resisting arrest and arrested four others, and seized 14 pipe bombs, several guns, and over two pounds of gold jewelry. The militants are believed to be part of an Islamist terror cell in North Sumatra that robs banks and jewelry stores as a means of financing terrorism.
Attackers threw petrol bombs at three churches on Sulawesi; two other churches were bombed several days ago. A minister in Java was jailed for holding Christian services. Authorities in Bekasi city near Jakarta banned all activities of the Ahmadiyah sect.
National police announced that seven terrorists shot last week during raids that also netted four suspects were planning to bomb tourist locations in Bima on Sumbawa Island and Tana Toraja in south Sulawesi. Five of the dead men were said to have been followers of most-wanted terrorist Santoso. The country aims to adopt legislation next month on terrorist financing.
Counterterrorism police killed seven militants in several raids against a new terrorist group that seeks to foment unrest between Muslims and Christians. The group operates out of Poso in Sulawesi province, and conducts terrorist training in the city.
Indonesia is beefing up security around Christian churches for the holiday period, to prevent terrorist attacks. A rights group said intrafaith and interfaith attacks and intimidation in the country rose by 24% in 2012.
Roki Aprisdianto, who was serving a six-year sentence for recruiting Islamic militants to attack churches and police stations in Java, escaped from prison in a burka. A female visitor wearing two burkas passed one to him.
Antiterrorism police conducted raids in the Poso district of Sulawesi island this week, killing two suspected militants and arresting three more. Last month two policemen investigating a terrorist training camp in the area were killed.