Indonesian police stage more raids on terror suspects

March 5, 2010 13:16


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Indonesian authorities conducted more raids on a group of suspected Muslim militants in the province of Aceh, part of a sweep that has netted at least 14 suspects, who were flown to Jakarta on Friday.

The 14 were charged with plotting terrorist acts on Thursday, and police are investigating whether there is any link to a threat to shipping in the nearby Malacca Strait, national police chief Gen. Bambang Hendarso Danuri said in Jakarta, without elaborating.

Singapore's navy warned this week that an unnamed terrorist group was planning attacks on oil tankers in the strait, one of the world's busiest shipping lanes.

A police officer was killed and at least 10 were wounded in the latest raids, conducted Thursday in Aceh's Lamkabeue village, provincial police chief Maj. Gen. Aditya Warman told reporters. Danuri said there were casualties among the militants, but declined to give details.

The battle came during a police crackdown on militants in Aceh suspected of being linked to the Southeast Asian terror network Jemaah Islamiyah.

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