The Jakarta Post
The National Police’s Densus 88 counterterrorism squad, supported by the West Java Police, arrested two suspected terrorists, identified as WT and MA, in Bandung, West Java, on Wednesday.
“WT was arrested at 8:30 a.m.,” West Java Police spokesman Sr. Comr. Yusri Yunus said as quoted by Antara in Purwakarta on Wednesday.
He said WT was apprehended in Soreang, Bandung. Meanwhile, MA was arrested separately by a Densus 88 team in Cileunyi, Bandung.
Yusri claimed WT and MA played a role in the recent twin suicide bombings at the Kampung Melayu bus terminal in East Jakarta, saying they gave a religious lecture to Ichwan Nurul Salam and Ahmad Sukri before they launched the attacks on May 24.
“WT, MA and MI gave religious lectures to them [Ichwan and Ahmad] five days before the bombings. They met to hold a Quran recitation,” Yusri said.
He said WT headed a team from the Asykari As Sunnah Foundation, which was located in Cileunyi, Bandung. MI is the head of the foundation.
“What they conveyed in their lecture and whether they encouraged them to become a ‘bride’, we are investigating it,” said Yusri.
MI was arrested by Densus 88 in Jatinangor, Bandung, on Monday. He had been convicted in a separate case related to a bombing plot in Cibiru in 2010.
MI was sentenced to seven years in prison. Having received remission, he left prison in 2015 after serving five years. (afr/ebf)