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Indonesia foils plot to attack wedding of President Widodo's daughter

Suspect also planned attack on Myanmar’s embassy in Jakarta

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 08 November, 2017, 1:37pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 08 November, 2017, 8:48pm

Indonesian counterterrorism police have arrested a Muslim militant who planned attacks on a Myanmar diplomatic mission and the wedding reception of President Joko Widodo’s daughter, a police spokesman said Wednesday.

Jakarta Police spokesman Raden Argo Yuwono said the suspect, 25-year-old Rizky Anggara Putra, was arrested following a raid at his rented house in the town of Bekasi, which borders the capital, on Monday afternoon.

Rizky, who had been living at the house with his 44-year-old mother for a short while, was “allegedly an Islamic State sympathiser”, Argo said.

“He planned to launch an ‘amaliyah’ (attack) at the Myanmar embassy in Jakarta and at the wedding ceremony of President Jokowi’s daughter,” the spokesman added.

The wedding for Kahiyang Ayu began Wednesday morning in Widodo’s hometown of Solo in Central Java Province. About 8,000 guests, including foreign ambassadors, are attending the reception.