Police said Wednesday that police had arrested three more terror suspects, among them an convicted cleric who recruited suspects into terrorist organizations.
The suspects were identified as Aman Abdurrahman, arrested in Sumedang, West Java, Abu Musa, arrested in Jakarta, and Kuncoro, arrested in Pondok Ungu, Bekasi. They were arrested last week.
National Police deputy spokesman Brig. Gen. Sulistyo Ishak said Aman was a cleric involved in a 2004 bombing in Cimanggis, who taught extremist doctrine while imprisoned at Sukamiskin Prison in Bandung, he said.
It was in this prison where he met Yudi Zulfahri, Gema Awal Ramadhan and Agam Fitriadi. The three were students at the Institute of Public Administration (STPDN), and were imprisoned for abusing a fellow student.
Aman organized a Koran recital group at the prison that was deemed militant by the police. He propagated themes of militancy at the prison. Yudi, Gema and Agam reportedly joined the group (which later morphed into the Indonesian Islamic Country (NII) movement) while they were still in prison.
To date, police have arrested 43 people in relation to recent alleged terror training camps in Aceh.
Seven were shot dead during police raids in Jakarta and Aceh. The seven were identified as Djoko Pitono, Hasan Nur, Ridwan, Iwan Suka Abdullah, Marzuki, Jaja and Ardi.
Police also said they confiscated eight firearms, 12,717 rounds of ammunition, several laptop computers, one grenade and two cell phones.
North Sumatra Police said Wednesday the terror suspects sought by police in Aceh could be hiding in the province’s Sinabung mountain range in Karo regency.
North Sumatra Police Mobile Brigade chief Sr. Comr. Vebriyanto B. Caca said the anti terror squad had been tracking information on the suspects’ alleged whereabouts in the province.
“We’ve been conducting an intensive manhunt in the last few days,” Vebriyanto told The Jakarta Post.
In the course of their operation, police on Wednesday also arrested two terror suspects believed to have escaped from Aceh, cornering them in a house in Sei Rokan subdistrict, Deli Serdang regency, North Sumatra.
The arrests were made at 8:30 a.m. Shots were fired by one of the suspects as he tried to flee.
Police have so far not issued any statement regarding the arrest of the two suspects, who were identified as M. Jabbar and Izal.
Jabbar’s wife Dian Putri said that before getting married in 2008, Jabbar told her that he was in the military but had quit. She said they had been at Dian’s parents house on Jl. Pendidikan three days when Jabbar was arrested.
Dian and her parents claimed they did not know that Jabbar was a terror suspect.
North Sumatra Police chief Insp. Gen. Oegroseno said he had not received information regarding the arrest of the terror suspects. “We are still seeking confirmation,” he said.
He said he was also waiting to confirm the presence of possible terror suspects in hiding in his region.
To date, police have arrested 43 suspects, National Police said.