Indonesia seizes fertilizer ship in Bali, suspecting bomb plot

(From Reuters)

Indonesian authorities on the resort island of Bali on Thursday detained a ship from Malaysia carrying around 30 tonnes of fertilizer which police believe may have been intended for making bombs.

Customs officers examine bags of fertilizer, some of the 30 tonnes confiscated from a ship from Malaysia, at a customs office in Denpasar. - Reuters

Customs officers examine bags of fertilizer, some of the 30 tonnes confiscated from a ship from Malaysia, at a customs office in Denpasar. –Reuters

Customs and police were questioning the crew and investigating the material for potential links to radical networks as the world’s largest Muslim-majority nation remains on high alert for militant attacks.

Bali police official Hendra Suhartiyono said authorities were looking into whether the material was on its way to the eastern island of Sulawesi, a region known for militant violence.

“We are not closed to the possibility that this chemical material … could also be for the benefit of terrorist groups in Sulawesi to make low-impact and high-impact bombs,” he said.  Read More



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