Police hunting more terrorists, three arrested on Friday
The Jakarta Post
The Jakarta Post
The National Police are hunting for other members of a terrorist group that carried out an attack on Jl. MH Thamrin in Central Jakarta on Thursday, after the arrest of three alleged terrorists in Depok, West Java, on Friday.
Five alleged terrorists were killed during the Thamrin attack that saw explosions and gunfire around the Sarinah department store, about one kilometer away from the State Palace.
National Police chief Gen. Badrodin Haiti said on Friday that the police believed other group members had helped with the attack.
'Surely, there were [more] people behind the attack. Who bought [the explosive materials]? Who assembled [the devices]? Who facilitated the attack? All of them are suspects, aren't they?' Badrodin said as reported by kompas.com.
He stressed that it was the task of the police to arrest all of those responsible for the incident that killed seven people ' five attackers and two civilians ' and wounded 24 others. According to Badrodin, the police were continuing to search for others believed to be involved.
'The police have started to move in an effort to hunt down the suspects. Let the police do their jobs,' he added.
Meanwhile, officers from the National Police's counterterrorism squad Densus 88 on Friday arrested three more alleged terrorists in Cipayung district, Depok. The three were allegedly involved in the Jakarta attack.
At around 10:50 a.m. on Thursday, devices exploded outside a Starbucks cafe and a small police post near the Sarinah building. The attacks killed two civilians ' an Indonesian and a Canadian ' and seriously injured 24 people, including police officers and one citizen each from the Netherlands, Germany, Austria and Algeria, according to the police. (bbn)(+)
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