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‘Terrorists’ planned US embassy raid

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Six suspected terrorists killed in a New Year’s Eve police raid near Jakarta had planned a string of attacks targeting the US embassy, a church and Buddhist temples, police say.

Following a nine-hour gun battle with the men in a house on the outskirts of the Indonesian capital, police seized a handwritten document revealing the group’s targets, national police spokesman Boy Rafli Amar said on Friday.

“Take your pistols, holy warriors, and prepare to attack the US embassy,” Amar read from the document during a press conference. Suicide attacks were also planned, he said.

The document listed “hotels harbouring the CIA” and anti-terror police officers among targets, while National Police chief Sutarman said the men also planned to attack a church and Buddhist temples to avenge anti-Muslim violence in Buddhist-majority Myanmar.

The men are believed to be behind a low-impact bombing of a Buddhist temple in August, which lightly injured one person, police said.

Police linked the men to a cell formerly headed by Abu Roban, a suspected militant killed in a raid last year, and Sutarman said the cell was suspected of having links with al-Qaeda.

“One of the men, according to documents (seized), was also planning to go to Syria for jihad. He planned to carry out a suicide bombing there,” he said.

Indonesia was rocked by several deadly terror attacks in the past decade, including the 2002 bombings on the resort island of Bali that killed 202 people, mostly foreigners, including 88 Australians.

But only low-impact attacks have been executed in recent years as the country has dismantled some of the deadliest terrorism networks.