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Jakarta Post

One suspected terrorist arrested in Gunungkidul

  • Bambang Muryanto

    The Jakarta Post

Yogyakarta   /   Wed, June 7, 2017   /   07:30 pm
One suspected terrorist arrested in Gunungkidul Fight against terror: Police and military personnel attend an anti-terror training jointly held by the National Counterterrorism Agency (BNPT), the Indonesian Military and the National Police at the East Java Police’s Mobile Brigade headquarters in Malang, East Java, on May 18. (Antara/Ari Bowo Sucipto)

The National Police’s Densus 88 counterterrorism squad has arrested a suspected terrorist identified as RS, 33, in Jeruk village, Wonosari, Gunungkidul regency, Yogyakarta.

RS arrived at the Yogyakarta Police’s Mobile Brigade (Brimob) headquarters at 8:15 p.m. local time on Tuesday. He was heavily escorted by Densus 88 personnel traveling in two SUVs and a box truck.

“It is suspected that [RS] is a member of a terror network in Indonesia,” Yogyakarta Brimob division head Sr.Comr. Dadang Raharja told journalists on Tuesday.

Media reports have revealed that RS allegedly facilitated in sending Indonesian to Marawi in the Philippines and Syria to join the Islamic State (IS) movement.

Dadang did not provide details on RS’s exact role and the terror network to which he belonged. He also declined to list the evidence Densus 88 personnel had confiscated during the raid.

“Densus 88 is still investigating [the case],” Dadang said, adding the suspected terrorist would be brought to Jakarta on Wednesday. 

Yogyakarta Police spokesperson Adj.Sr.Comr. Yulianto confirmed the arrest of a terror suspect, adding that “Densus 88 has asked for additional personnel from the Yogyakarta Police and the Gunungkidul Police.”

RS, who lives in Balapulang Wetan, Tegal regency, Central Java, was arrested while visiting his parents in Jeruk village, Gunungkidul.

RS’ wife, DNH, and their three children were taken to the Gunungkidul Police following his arrest. DNH and her children were released after questioning. (yon/ebf)