13 Jun '11, 8am

Indonesia arrests 16 over 'cyanide plot'

JAKARTA - INDONESIA has arrested 16 terror suspects who planned to carry out a mass cyanide poisoning against the police, the national police spokesman said on Monday. 'We rounded them up in a four-day operation last week. They planned to poison police personnel using cyanide,' Boy Rafli Amar told reporters. 'Besides poisoning food at police station canteens, they also planned to inject the poison into mineral water bottles,' he said, adding that the suspects revealed the plot during police interrogation. 'This is a new model of terror attack.' In recent months police have arrested dozens of suspects, allegedly part of a new militant cell behind a series of recent incidents, including book bombs that were sent to Muslim moderates and counter-terrorism officials. The cell was linked to an April suicide bomb attack in a prayer room at a police compound in Cirebon in West Jav...

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