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10 Islamic militants arrested in Indonesia bomb plot

Officials say the Indonesia bomb plot included plans to blow up the nation's Parliament.

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Indonesia police have arrested 10 Islamic militants accused of plotting suicide attacks against the government. (SONNY TUMBELAKA/AFP/Getty Images)

Indonesia police have arrested 10 Islamic militants accused of planning suicide attacks against the government in Jakarta.

Eight suspects were arrested Saturday in Central Java's Solo town and a ninth in West Kalimantan on the island of Borneo, national police spokesman Brig. Gen. Boy Rafli Amar told The Associated Press.

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A 10th suspect, Joko Parkit, was arrested Sunday in Solo.

The anti-terrorist squad also seized a stash of improvised bombs and books promoting holy war, Al Jazeera reported.

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Authorities say the group had planned to bomb the country's Parliament building, shoot police officers and attack members of the anti-terrorism squad.

Once targeting Western tourists and embassies, Islamic militants in Jakarta have shifted their focus to lower-profile attacks on their own government, the Wall Street Journal reported.

They believe the country's politicians are preventing the introduction of Islamic Sharia law in the world's most-populated Muslim majority nation.

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