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Indonesian police kill three after suspected bomb found near Jakarta – The Guardian

Indonesian anti-terrorism police have shot and killed three suspects after a gun battle at a house near the capital Jakarta where a bomb was reportedly found, police said.

National police spokesman Rikwanto told MetroTV on Wednesday that the residential neighborhood had been evacuated, Associated Press said.

One person was arrested in the raid.

“During the raid, we tried to be careful but they threw something from inside the house and it was a bomb but it did not explode. Then they fired from inside,” Rikwanto said.

Some reports said police found several bombs at the house and that they were trying to defuse the devices.

Police believe the suspects were linked to several militants arrested on 10 December in another neighborhood on the outskirts of Jakarta who were allegedly planning a suicide bomb attack on a guard-changing ceremony at the presidential palace the next day.

It follows the arrest in November of a suspected Islamic militant who police say was making explosives more powerful than those used in the 2002 Bali bombings that killed 202 people.

Islamic State claimed responsibility for an attack which killed eight people in Jakarta in January.

Indonesia has carried out a sustained crackdown on Islamic militants since the Bali bombings. But a new threat has emerged in the past several years from militants who have switched allegiance to the Islamic State group and from new recruits.

This is a breaking news story and more details will follow.

(via Google News)