JAKARTA, Indonesia “” Islamic militants involved in a plot to bomb an Indonesian church ahead of Easter celebrations wanted to film and broadcast the inferno, which would have occurred as thousands of people were arriving for services, police said Friday.
The plot, uncovered Thursday, has put the nation in a state of high alert with hundreds of thousands of police deployed at churches, 20,000 in the capital alone.
Maj. Gen. Anton Bachrul Alam, spokesman for the national police, said the 19 suspects who led authorities to bombs planted beneath a gas pipeline near the Christ Cathedral Church just outside of Jakarta did not appear to be part of any large, existing terrorist organization….
“They wanted to make a movie and then broadcast it … that was the plan,” he said….
In recent months, militants have shifted their focus.
In seeking to carve out a Muslim state, their main enemies now are security forces who have spearheaded the anti-terror fight, the country’s moderate Muslim leaders, members of “deviant” sects, and Christians.
Individual “jihadis” and small cells with little or no directive from larger terror groups have attacked police posts, sent mail bombs and carried out the country’s first suicide bombing at a mosque….
The bombs, safely diffused after a painstaking 10 hours on Thursday, had been rigged to go off at 9 a.m. Friday, just as services at the 3,000-seat Catholic church were beginning.
Worshippers were not deterred, filing into the targeted Christ Cathedral Church in Serpong and others nationwide on Friday.
“If we didn’t come today … the terrorists would just be laughing happily,” said Grace Lianawati, who was accompanied by her family.
“We’re just grateful that the government foiled this plot,” she added. “Just imagine how bad it could have been.”…
Not hard to imagine. And the jihadis will keep trying to supply us with examples.