Indonesian police arrest suspected militant

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian police say they have arrested a suspected militant on the country’s main Java island accused of raising funds for an alleged plot to bomb the Myanmar Embassy.

Police spokesman Lt. Col. Agus Rianto said Monday that 26-year-old Muhammad Syaiful Syahbani was arrested Aug. 9 in Yogyakarta province. Another man with him was also held for questioning, but his connection to the suspect was not immediately clear.

Rianto said the interrogation of several other alleged terror group members led police to Syahbani.

He said the group planned to attack the Myanmar Embassy in Jakarta in May, which was foiled by police, to protest against the treatment of minority Muslims in Myanmar.

Sectarian violence in the Buddhist-majority country has killed scores, and thousands of Muslims have been driven from their homes.

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