JAKARTA, Nov 26 – Police in Indonesia have arrested a suspected Islamist militant and seized a large quantity of bomb making material that he planned to use in attacks on government buildings and the Myanmar embassy in Jakarta next month, a police spokesman said.
The suspect was identified as Rio Priatna Wibawa, 23, who is believed to be a member of an Indonesian group that supports Daesh.
Local media reported that the amount of explosives seized would have resulted in a blast twice as powerful as the bomb that killed 202 people in a Bali nightclub in 2002.
Wibawa, who studied agricultural science at university and was unemployed, was a self-taught bomb-maker who had planned to distribute explosives to several places across Indonesia, police spokesman Boy Rafli Amar said on Saturday.
Indonesia has seen a string of Daesh-linked attacks this year, the biggest of which was a gun and bomb assault in the capital Jakarta that killed four people in January.
Authorities are concerned about a resurgence in radicalism and say there are hundreds of Daesh sympathizers in Indonesia, home to the biggest Muslim population in the world.
Lately, anger has been mounting in the Muslim-majority nations in Southeast Asia, such as Indonesia and Malaysia, over a crackdown on Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar, leading to demonstrations in several cities, including Jakarta.