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Police officers standing guard at a security check point near an Islamic boarding school where a man trying to show pupils how to make explosives was killed by a homemade bomb(AP)

Police officers standing guard at a security check point near an Islamic boarding school where a man trying to show pupils how to make explosives was killed by a homemade bomb(AP)

Police officers standing guard at a security check point near an Islamic boarding school where a man trying to show pupils how to make explosives was killed by a homemade bomb(AP)

A bomb-maker was killed by his own device as he tried to give Islamic school pupils a lesson in how to make explosives.

Police in Indonesia said he appeared to be the victim of a home-made bomb being prepared to attack officers.

The school has been sealed off by two platoons of soldiers while investigations continued.

Police spokesman Lt. Col. Sukarman Husen said the man was a treasurer at the school, but media reports said he was also a former bomb trainee in the Philippine region of Mindanao.

The school on Sumbawa Island in central Indonesia came to police attention late last month, when a 16-year-old pupil was arrested for stabbing to death an officer. Police believe he belonged to an Islamic militant group, and they said he told his interrogators that police deserved to die for hunting down jihadists.

Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim nation, has been battling terrorists since 2002 when al Qaida-linked militants attacked two nightclubs on Bali, killing 202 people, mostly foreigners.

In recent months, security forces have become the main target of extremists in Indonesia. Militants say they want to punish soldiers and police for taking part in the so-called war against terrorism.

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Hundreds of Islamic militants have been arrested, tried and jailed.


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