Indonesian police said today they had uncovered and foiled a plot to assassinate the president and other top officials, massacre foreigners in Mumbai-style attacks, declare an Islamic state, and possibly even kill Barack Obama.
Gee, all that bowing to Muslim leaders and this is how they show their appreciation? Damn ingrates!
Killing all the state officials would have accelerated the transition from a democracy to a state controlled by Islamic Shariah law The attackers planned to launch their assault during this year’s Independence Day ceremony. The ceremoney, on August 17, will be attended by President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and the country’s top dignitaries, national police chief General Bambang Hendarso Danuri told reporters.
The plot also included taking over hotels and killing foreigners, especially Americans, in violence that would have been reminiscent of the 2008 Mumbai attacks, he said.
Earlier, an expert on militants said that U.S. President Barack Obama, who is due to visit Indonesia in June, was one of several suspected targets of the militants.
Intelligence expert Mardigu Wowi Prasantyo, who is close to the police investigation, said books and documents found in the raids suggested the militants planned an attack on Obama, possibly during his visit to Indonesia.
‘They did not say it, but this was evident in their books and documents, that the leader of America was their enemy and should be attacked whenever possible,’ he told Reuters by phone. The plot was revealed during interrogations of dozens of suspects arrested since a February raid on a terrorist training camp in the western province of Aceh, Danuri said.
Some of the newest information on the plot came from a series of raids this week on militant hideouts in and around the capital. Most of those arrested were believed to have trained at the Aceh camp, run by a group called Al Qaeda in Aceh, a new splinter of the Southeast Asia terror network Jemaah Islamiyah.
‘Their plan was also to launch attacks in Jakarta against foreigners – especially Americans – and attack and control hotels within certain communities, imitating what happened in Mumbai,’ he said. Another intelligence expert told Reuters last year that militants planned to use snipers to attack Obama’s convoy during his visit. UK DAILY MAIL H/T herr OYAL