Archipelago

Five suspected terrorists
reported killed in Bali
raids

Stay away!: The coffin of a slain terrorist suspect is under escort at Sanglah General Hospital, Denpasar, Bali, on Monday. Five men who were planning several robberies in Kuta to fund terrorism plots were shot dead in two raids by officers on Sunday, according to the police. (JP/Agung Parameswara)
Stay away!: The coffin of a slain terrorist suspect is under escort at Sanglah General Hospital, Denpasar, Bali, on Monday. Five men who were planning several robberies in Kuta to fund terrorism plots were shot dead in two raids by officers on Sunday, according to the police. (JP/Agung Parameswara)

Five suspected terrorists were reportedly killed during police raids at two different locations in Bali late on Sunday.

Police have yet to issue an official statement on the nature of the raids and details on the casualties.

The first raid took place at around 10:15 p.m. in a budget hotel, Laksmi, on Jl. Danau Poso 99X, Sanur. The area is known as one of the most famous red-light districts in Bali, where people can easily obtain a cheap room from staff at budget hotels who rarely ask for valid identification from their guests.

Neighbors said that they heard a burst of gunfire at around that time.

"Three were killed here and another two in Soputan," Bali Legislative Council member I Made Arjaya, whose family home lies just 30 meters away from the site of the first raid, told The Jakarta Post.

Soputan is a street in a densely-populated area in west Denpasar. 

A police source at the scene confirmed members of the group were believed to have been raising funds for terrorism via armed robberies. 

“The five people are part of the group that masterminded the 2010 CIMB Niaga bank robbery in Medan (North Sumatra). We have tailed them for months before we make the raids,” the field operative, who wished to remain anonymous, told the Post on Sunday.

Police had confiscated firearms, he said, and some intelligence reports suggested that the group intended to plan robberies in order to generate money for future terrorist activities.

When asked about more detail of the arrest, the police source refused to reveal further information Sunday night, as it could disrupt police investigations.

But Bali Police spokesperson Sr. Comr. Hariadi later denied that the suspects were terrorists, describing them instead as professional robbers plotting to commit a heist.

He said that the suspects had been carrying firearms at the time of the raids. (nvn)

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