Indonesia’s national police spokesman, Dedi Prasetyo. Photo: AFP

Indonesia Independence Day bomb attack plot thwarted as suspected militant arrested

  • The suspect was identified as a member of Jemaah Ansharut Daulah, an Isis-inspired group in Indonesia that was banned last year for ‘conducting terrorism’
  • He had been planning bomb attacks on two police headquarters in West Sumatra
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Indonesia’s national police spokesman, Dedi Prasetyo. Photo: AFP
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President Joko Widodo. Photo: Reuters

Widodo warned to tread carefully with harder line against Indonesia’s Islamists

  • Institute for Policy Analysis of Conflict says government’s efforts to curb hate speech could further inflame religious and political tensions
  • Think tank’s warning follows riots in May over disputed elections in which challenger backed by Islamist groups failed to topple president
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President Joko Widodo. Photo: Reuters
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