Indonesia police anticipate more ‘book bombs’

JAKARTA: Indonesian police said Friday they expect more “book bombs” to be found in the capital, after four of the devices were sent to moderate Muslim figures and a counter-terrorism official.The latest bomb, hidden in a hollowed-out book, was discovered on Thursday at the Jakarta home of musician Ahmad Dhani, who is known for his songs protesting against religious extremism.”We are on the lookout for more distribution of these book bombs,” Jakarta police spokesman Baharudin Djafar said.”The police are more than ready to anticipate this and we expect people to report to us any suspicious packages sent to them,” he said.

On Tuesday, police found three similar bombs, one of which exploded and injured four people.A package was addressed to Ulil Abshar Abdalla, a well-known liberal Muslim figure who espouses pluralism and religious tolerance.The other bombs were mailed to former top counter-terrorism police official Goris Mere and Yapto Suryosumarno, chairman of youth organisation Pemuda Pancasila.President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said Thursday that he had instructed the National Intelligence Agency, police and the military to investigate the bombs and not “give anyone the opportunity to rip apart the security situation”.The Muslim-majority country of 240 million people has been rocked by a series of bombings staged by regional terror network Jemaah Islamiyah in recent years, including the 2002 Bali bombings which killed 202 people – Yahoonews