11 Sep 2012

Bomber surrenders

12:04 pm on 11 September 2012

A would-be suicide bomber has has surrendered to police in Indonesia instead of blowing himself up on Monday as planned.

Muhammad Thorik had been at large since last Thursday when explosives, bomb manuals and devices packed with nails were found at his house in Jakarta.

Neighbours found Thorik had fled after a fire started at the house, leaving his mother, wife and son behind. But on Monday he surrendered.

Police say he confessed that he was to blow himself up on Monday.

The ABC reports he named four potential targets in central Jakarta: the tactical police headquarters, the Detachment 88 anti-terrorist squad, and a police station or Buddhist community headquarters.