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Slain Indonesian Militants 'Planned U.S. Embassy Attack'

Police in Indonesia say six suspected Islamist militants who were killed during a New Year's Eve shoot-out near Jakarta planned to carry out a string of attacks against the U.S. Embassy, Buddhist temples, and hotels frequented by foreigners.

Police spokesman Boy Rafli Amar said police seized a handwritten document from the house revealing the group's targets following a nine-hour gun battle.

Police linked the six men to a cell formerly headed by Abu Roban, a suspected militant who was himself killed in a police raid last year.

Police say the cell is suspected of having links to Al-Qaeda.

Indonesia has suffered several major bomb attacks in the last decade that have been blamed on Islamic militants, including the Bali bombings of 2002 that killed 202 people, mostly foreigners.

Based on reporting by AFP and dpa

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