JAKARTA, June 13 (Xinhua) — Indonesian police have foiled an effort to ship hundreds of detonators in central parts of the country as the security authorities have been on alert over terrorist threat.
National Police spokesman Inspector General Setyo Wasisto on Tuesday confirmed that the police have aborted an attempted shipment of 500 devices functioning to trigger explosives to Borneo Island from Sulawesi Island.
The police would still need to carry out an investigation to find out the purpose of the shipment of the detonators, the spokesman said.
The operation took place at the main airport of South Sulawesi province in the Sulawesi island, he said.
“It is true that there was an attempt to send detonators from Sulawesi to Pontianak (of Borneo),” Wasisto said at the police headquarters.
The spokesman disclosed that the police are investigating the case, saying that they have owned data about the person who ordered the devices and the person tasked to send them.
Indonesian security authorities have boosted the level of alertness over the strikes of militants, particularly those linked with the IS group.