Islamists Target US Embassy in Indonesia By: Lori Lowenthal Marcus
Indonesian national police spokesman Maj. Gen. Suhardi Alius told the Associated Press that the suspected terrorists were arrested in raids in four provinces.
“From evidence found at the scene, we believe that this group was well prepared for serious terror attacks,” Alius told the AP.
Bombs, explosive materials, a manual for making bombs, ammunition and a gas cylinder filled with highly explosive material was discovered in the raids. Also seized were videos and images of attacks on Muslims in different parts of the world.
The suspects belonged to a new group called the Harakah Sunni for Indonesian Society, or HASMI.
According to the group’s website, HASMI was created in 2005, and seeks a strict interpretation of Islam, “since all innovation is misguidance.”
It is unclear whether the targeting of U.S. diplomatic posts is a new trend in Islamic terrorist activity, following the murderous assault by what U.S. officials now admit was a well-planned terrorist attack on the U.S. diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya, on September 11, 2012.
About the Author: Lori Lowenthal Marcus is the US correspondent for The Jewish Press. She is also president of Z STREET, a pro-Israel, pro-truth organization, and chair of the executive committee of the National Conference on Jewish Affairs.–
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