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Police Uncover Cache of Bombs in Indonesia

Police in Indonesia's Central Sulawesi say they have uncovered a cache of more than 120 home made bombs. The discovery came just days after gunmen shot and wounded a man in the grounds of a local chur
( [email protected] ) Oct 25, 2004 04:45 PM EDT

Police in Indonesia's Central Sulawesi say they have uncovered a cache of more than 120 home made bombs. The discovery came just days after gunmen shot and wounded a man in the grounds of a local church.

According to local news sources, the bombs, 123 in all, were found in an Islamic graveyard in the coastal town of Poso. Authorities say eight of the devices had been primed and filled with nails and sharpened metal fragments.

The bombs were "ready to be used for possible new attacks," Poso police chief Abdi Darma told the Jarkata Post. There was no speculation, however, on who might have been stockpiling the cache.

The discovery of the bombs comes amidst a series of sectarian killings in recent weeks.

On Thursday, gunmen shot and wounded a man on the grounds of the Bethany Christian Church in the town. Police say the victim was inside the grounds of the Church when he was shot in the neck late Thursday, Oct. 21. No suspects have been arrested.

Last week a Hindu woman was killed and two Christian men were wounded when a group of attackers fired randomly into their houses. On the some day two Christian men hacked to death in a rural district south of the provincial capital of Palu.

Meanwhile, investigations are underway to determine the perpetrators of last month's bomb blast in front of the Australian embassy in Jakarta that killed eleven Indonesians, and injured about 180 more. The death toll recently rose to eleven after a high school student who was wounded in bombing died at a hospital in Singapore on Monday.