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Shooter identified as ex-terror convict

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Jakarta   /   Fri, January 15, 2016   /  07:05 pm
Shooter identified as ex-terror convict A terrorist captured by a Tempo photographer is seen pulling out his gun and firing shots after blasts rocked the Jl. MH Thamrin area in Central Jakarta on Thursday. National Police chief Gen. Badrodin Haiti said on Friday that the terrorist was Sunakim, alias Afif, a repeat offender who was sentenced to seven years in prison for involvement in military training in Aceh in 2010. (Tempo/Aditia Noviansyah) (Tempo/Aditia Noviansyah)

A terrorist captured by a Tempo photographer is seen pulling out his gun and firing shots after blasts rocked the Jl. MH Thamrin area in Central Jakarta on Thursday. National Police chief Gen. Badrodin Haiti said on Friday that the terrorist was Sunakim, alias Afif, a repeat offender who was sentenced to seven years in prison for involvement in military training in Aceh in 2010. (Tempo/Aditia Noviansyah)

The police have identified a man caught on camera firing a gun in Thursday's deadly attacks as a former terrorist convict.

National Police chief Insp. Gen. Badrodin Haiti confirmed that the man captured in photos shooting was Sunakim, aka Afif, who served time in 2010.

"It was him, the shooter whose photos are circulating," he said as quoted by newsportal kompas.com on Friday.

Afif was snapped in the Jl. MH Thamrin area accompanied by an unidentified accomplice by photojournalists.

Afif's face and actions were clearly photographed by Tempo and Chinese news wire Xinhua photographers.

Wearing a backpack and black gloves, he was seen pulling out a gun and aiming after explosions took place inside a Starbucks coffee shop and a police post on the Thamrin intersection.

He was not dressed like the typically portrayed terrorist. He wore T-shirt, jeans, sneakers and a black cap with a sports apparel logo.

He and his accomplice blended in with dozens of people swarming the Thamrin intersection after the bombs exploded.

Badrodin explained that Afif had been arrested by the National Police's counterterrorism squad Densus 88 for involvement in military training in Aceh in 2010. The West Jakarta District Court sentenced him to seven years prison for terrorism and he was incarcerated in Cipinang Penitentiary.

Afif was one of five terrorists killed in the attacks in the heart of the capital on Thursday.

No details were available as yet on the identities of other dead terrorists as the Disaster Victims Identification unit was still working on their identification, Badrodin said.

Two civilians were killed in the attacks and at least 20 people were injured, including five police officers.

The National Police announced that the radical Islamic State (IS) group was behind the attack. The police believe that IS entered Indonesia through a group called Katibah Nusantara. (rin)

 

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