150-kg Bomb Was Targeting Church, Officials Say

| April 21, 2011

A massive 150-kilogram bomb found buried beneath a gas pipeline in Serpong, Tangerang, on Thursday morning was targeting the nearby Catholic Church in a Good Friday attack, officials said.

National Police Chief Gen. Timur Pradopo said the arrest of 19 suspects on Thursday led police to the gas pipeline near a church in Serpong, where they found the massive bomb just about a hundred meters from the church.

Ansyaad Mbai, head of Indonesia’s National Counter-Terrorism Agency, added that the men “were arrested in relation to the book bomb attacks, and it was discovered that they were also planning to bomb the church.”

Djoko Suyanto, the coordinating minister for political, legal and security affairs, said he believed Islamic militants had been plotting the attack for Good Friday celebrations.



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