Indonesian police hunt down French man linked to terror group

19:47, August 10, 2010      

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The Indonesian police anti-terror squad is intensifying efforts to hunt down a French man linked to a terror plot foiled by the police recently following the recent arrest on terrorist suspects in Bandung, West Java recently, a senior police officer said here on Tuesday.

Head of Police Detectives at the national police headquarters Commr. Gen. Ito Sumardi said that the Indonesian authority has put a travel ban against the French man who married to a Moroccan woman.

"He is still in Indonesia," Ito said.

Police said that the French man was the owner of a Mitsubishi sedan car that will be used as a bomb car by terror operatives arrested by the police in areas around Bandung, West Java over the weekend.

The car was found along with the arrests against those five operatives, who the police said were the bomb maker in the terrorist group.

During the arrest against those operatives, police confiscated chemical-substances to be assembled as bombs that will be set in the sedan car.

Prior to the arrest, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono hinted that he was targeted by a terror group during his recent official visit to West Java province.

The arrest against those operatives led to the arrest on a defiant Muslim cleric Abu Bakar Ba'asyir early this week, charged of being actively involved in terror activities in Indonesia.

Source: Xinhua


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