Extremist jailed for foiled attack

An Indonesian court yesterday jailed for 7½ years the mastermind of a Muslim extremist plot to bomb the Myanmar embassy, but the militant pledged to "continue fighting the enemies of Islam".

Sigit Indrajid, 23, earlier confessed to leading a group which planned to attack the mission in Jakarta to avenge the killing of minority Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar, AFP reported.

The plan was foiled May 2 last year when police caught two of the plotters and one of them was carrying a backpack full of pipe-bombs.

They had planned to launch the attack the following day.

Presiding judge Hariono told the South Jakarta District Court that Indrajid had been "proven guilty, legally and convincingly, of committing an evil conspiracy by carrying out an act of terrorism".