The Jakarta Post
Police have arrested six alleged terrorists, who are suspected to have links with Bahrun Naim, the Islamic State (IS) movement member accused of planning the Sarinah shopping center bomb attack in Central Jakarta in January, a police officer has said.
Members of the National Police’s counterterrorism squad Densus 88 and local police officers carried out an operation early on Friday in various locations in Batam, Riau Islands Police chief Brig. Gen. Sambudi Gusdian told The Jakarta Post.
The suspects are mostly workers at electronics factories in Batam, he said, adding that the arrests were the result of a one-year investigation by Densus 88.
“The operation started at 5 a.m. in different locations. Densus 88 members are currently doing their job. They have seven days to interrogate them,” said Sambudi on Friday.
Gigih Rahmat Dewa, the alleged leader of the group, was arrested at his house at 8:30 a.m. His was the final arrest after Eka Syahputra, 35; Trio Syafrido, 46; Tarmidzi, 21; Hadi Gusti Yanda, 20; and Muhammad Tegar Sucianto, 19, were seized, said Sambudi
The group is accused of accommodating alleged Uighur terrorists from China and facilitating their journey to Syria. They are also accused of receiving funds from Bahrun Naim, who now lives in Syria.
They are also suspected of having links to last month’s bomb attack at the Surakarta police office in Central Java, and are accused of planning a terror attack in Marina Bay, Singapore.
On July 1, police received a letter from Singapore informing them of a group on the Batam and Bintan islands planning an attack.
However, Sambudi denied that cooperation between Indonesia and Singapore was behind the arrests. “It is purely the result of an investigation by Densus 88, not the result of Singapore’s assistance,” said Sambudi, adding that several items of evidence were seized during the operation. (bbn)
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