9 Aug 2009

President's house was bomb target - police

12:51 pm on 9 August 2009

Police in Indonesia say a house belonging to President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono was the intended target of two suspected suicide bombers who were killed outside Jakarta on Saturday.

An accomplice has told police they were planning to detonate a small truck packed with explosives at the house later this month.

The men were shot and killed as they tried to throw pipe-bombs to avoid arrest at a rented house in Bekasi, outside Jakarta, where the truck was found rigged with explosives along with other bomb-making material.

Police chief Gen Bambang Hendarso Danuri said the president's residence was about 5km away.