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Anti-Islam film said to fuel Indonesia terror plan

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 06:17 a.m. HST, Oct 29, 2012

JAKARTA, Indonesia » Indonesian police said today anger at a U.S.-made anti-Islam film was among the motives behind failed terror attacks against foreign targets.

Last week, the anti-terror squad arrested 11 people suspected of planning attacks on domestic and foreign targets, including the U.S. Embassy and a site near the Australian Embassy.

National police spokesman Brig. Gen. Boy Rafli Amar said based on seized documents and other information, anger at the American-made movie denigrating Islam's Prophet Muhammad was one of the reasons behind the planned attacks. The movie caused deadly outrage across the Middle East when it went online in September.

Police seized a number of bombs, explosive materials, a bomb-making manual and ammunition, along with a small gas cylinder filled with highly explosive material during the Friday and Saturday raids in four cities, including the capital Jakarta.

The U.S. Embassy in Jakarta has urged U.S. citizens in Indonesia to avoid large crowds and other gatherings that might turn violent.

"At first, they wanted to attack (security) officers ... and based on documents and other information, the foreign targets were linked with the film which insulted Islam," Amar told a news conference.

He was referring to "Innocence of Muslims," that denigrates the Prophet Muhammad. At least 49 people, including the U.S. ambassador to Libya, were killed last month in violence linked to the film.

Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim-majority nation, has been battling terrorists since the 2002 bombings in Bali, which killed 202 people, mostly foreign tourists.

Subsequent attacks have claimed more than 50 people, mostly Indonesians. The government has arrested more than 700 suspected terrorists and killed dozens more in an attempt to root out the militants.

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allie wrote:
Islam is a deeply troubled religion that has caused massive misery to people around the world. Truth is, as we kn ow, there is no Allah and never was.
on October 29,2012 | 06:36AM
false wrote:
I have yet to hear any conformation that anyone has actually seen this so called film. So far the "film" is just a tool used by radical Islam terrorists to stir up the people against America.
on October 29,2012 | 08:45AM
Ronin006 wrote:
You are right. The only thing seen thus far has been a 15-minute “movie trailer,” which was a preview of the full length feature. After seeing the trailer on the Internet, I am convinced Muslims are upset about the terrible acting and not by how Muhammad is depicted. They should be venting their anger at the third-rate actors and actresses and the idiots who hired them.
on October 29,2012 | 09:57AM
loquaciousone wrote:
I am convinced that Islam cannot survive because of the intolerance of the religion. If they did not have others to blame for their inadequacies they would fight among themselves.
on October 29,2012 | 11:18AM
CloudForest wrote:
Angry all of the time, little if any help is needed to go into full blown rage - what a wicked religion.
on October 29,2012 | 03:55PM
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