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Indonesian police discover explosives, eye terror link

JAKARTA -- Indonesian authorities launched a manhunt and were investigating possible links to terrorism after finding explosive materials at a house in the suburbs of Jakarta, police said Thursday.

Neighbors called police when they saw a cloud of smoke rising from the home of a man named Muhammad Toriq, who fled, leaving his mother, wife and children behind, Jakarta police spokesman Rikwanto told AFP.

"Late Wednesday afternoon, residents called the police to report the smoke coming from Muhammad Toriq's house. Police arrived and an hour later discovered explosive materials," Rikwanto said.

"We are working with anti-terror agencies and the national police to find him and investigate whether he was linked to any groups planning acts of terror."

Among the materials found were detonators, aluminum powder, sulphur and boxes of nails, Rikwanto said.

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