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Indonesia Arrests One of Most Wanted in SE Asia

Indonesian police arrested one of the most wanted men in Southeast Asia as he and an accomplice were preparing suicide bombings of foreign targets, a top officer said on Thursday. But police said two other men on regional most wanted lists slipped through their fingers as security forces closed in on their hideout just hours later. In the first raid at dawn on Wednesday, police swooped on two men with explosives in a hotel room in the town of Cirebon, 140 miles east of Jakarta, arresting a man identified only as Tohir and an accomplice, who had attached bombs to their bodies in a bid to avoid capture. “They were reaching to their backpacks when police besieged them, but failed to trigger the switch,” Erwin Mappaseng, head of the national police criminal investigation department, told a news conference. He said the men had selected targets for an attack, including a foreign bank on a busy street in the nearby city of Bandung, southeast of Jakarta. Full Story

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