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Cianjur terror suspects plotting Ramadhan attacks: Police

  • Kharishar Kahfi

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sun, May 13, 2018   /   03:02 pm
Cianjur terror suspects plotting Ramadhan attacks: Police A car reportedly used by suspected terrorists is parked at Pasirhayam bus station in Cianjur, West Java, on Sunday. (Courtesy of /National Police)
Four suspected terrorists shot dead by members of the nation's elite Densus 88 counterterrorism squad in Cianjur, West Java had reportedly been training to launch more attacks during Ramadhan, police say.

"They were reportedly involved in paramilitary training to prepare for other operations during Ramadhan and Idul Fitri in multiple cities, including Jakarta, West Java's Bandung, as well as at Mako Brimob," National Police spokesman Insp. Gen. Setyo Wasisto said on Sunday, referring to the National Police's Mobile Brigade headquarters (Mako Brimob) in Kelapa Dua, Depok, West Java.

"As far as we know, the suspects were heading to Mako Brimob [to launch another attack] when the attempted arrests took place," Setyo went on to say.

He added that the suspects were members of the Jamaah Anshar Daulah (JAD) terrorist group and planned to target police stations and posts in those cities in hit-and-run operations.

The suspects have been identified as BBN, 21, DCN, 23, AR, 33, and HS, 23.

Police seized several pieces of evidence, including revolver handguns and explosive-tipped arrows.

Separately, police personnel also arrested two others in Sukabumi and Cikarang, West Java on suspicion of having a connection to the dead suspect through a sleeper cell that had become active recently, Setyo said.

The incident in Cianjur took place days after a riot broke out at Mako Brimob, which was followed by a 36-hour standoff between detainees and police, resulting in the death of five police personnel and a detainee.

The attempted arrests in Cianjur also occurred hours before three suicide bombers attacked three churches in Surabaya, East Java, killing at least 10 people and injuring at least 38 others. (ahw)