New terrorism suspect nabbed in Palu
The police arrested a man with suspected links to a Surakarta-based terrorist group, at Pantoloan Port in Palu, Central Sulawesi, on Thursday.
National Police spokesman Brig. Gen. Boy Rafli said on Friday that Hasan, alias Wendi, had been taught to assemble explosives by Rudi Kurnia Putra, a bomb expert and terrorist recruiter.
“He helped make a pipe bomb in Rudi’s house [in Sukoharjo, Central Java],” Boy said, as quoted by tribunnews.com.
Boy added that Hasan was among the participants of an intensive military training conducted by Santoso in Poso.
Santoso, also known as Abu Wardah, is a long-time fugitive who allegedly played an important role in the terrorist group.
Hasan also is thought to have connections with other alleged terrorists, such as Wahyu Ristianto and Thorik.
Wahyu died of severe wounds in an explosion in Depok, West Java on Sept. 8. On the following day, Thorik, who kept explosives in his house in West Jakarta, surrendered to police.
Wendi became the 11th terror suspect nabbed in the past two weeks after Anggri Pamungkas was arrested in Pontianak, West Kalimantan last Sunday. The 19-year-old Anggri is an alleged bomb maker from Laweyan in Surakarta. (yps/iwa)