National scene: Police arrest two suspected terrorists
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JAKARTA: Police have arrested two members of the Jamaah Anshorut Tauhid (JAT) organization under accusations of hiding the gunmen who killed several police officers in Poso, Central Sulawesi, earlier this month.
JAT has carried out frequent attacks on military and government personnel and civilians. Abu Bakar Ba’asyir, the founder and chief of JAT, and listed under UN Security Council resolution 1267 on individuals and entities associated with al-Qaeda, was convicted and sentenced to prison in 2011 for his role in organizing a militant training camp in Aceh. Ba’asyir is also the co-founder and former leader of Jammah Islamiyah (JI), individuals of which were responsible for the 2002 Bali bombings that killed more than 200 people.
The group was allegedly involved in the attack that claimed the lives of First Brig. Ruslan, First. Brig. Winarto and First. Brig I Wayan Putra Ariawan, in Kalora village, Poso Pesisir Utara district earlier this month.
The group is also thought to have been involved in the murder of two police officers in Tamanjeka and an explosion at a police traffic post in downtown Poso last October.