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Two terror suspects killed in a raid

Indonesian police killed two terror suspects during a raid early on Saturday, following an arrest of four suspected terrorists a day earlier over a series of recent terror incidents.

world Updated: May 14, 2011 13:47 IST

Indonesian police killed two terror suspects during a raid early on Saturday, following an arrest of four suspected terrorists a day earlier over a series of recent terror incidents.

"The two men on a motorcycle tried to escape and opened fire on police personnel," national police deputy spokesman I Ketut Untung Yoga Ana told AFP, adding that the suspects were killed on the spot.

The incident took place in Sukoharjo in Central Java province at 2345GMT. During the exchange of fire, one of the suspected terrorists shot dead a food seller on the street, the police said.

Police have arrested dozens of suspects allegedly part of a new militant cell believed to have been behind a series of recent incidents, including book bombs which were sent to Muslim moderates and counter-terrorism officials.

The cell was also linked to a suicide bomb attack last month in a prayer room at a police compound in Cirebon of West Java.

Police also foiled a bid to set off a massive bomb near a church on the outskirts of Jakarta at Easter. No one was killed in those incidents.

Indonesia has been rocked by a series of attacks staged by regional terror network Jemaah Islamiyah in recent years, including the 2002 Bali bombings which killed 202 people.