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Jakarta Post

Densus 88 arrests suspected terrorists in Surabaya, Sidoarjo

  • Wahyoe Boediwardhana

    The Jakarta Post

Surabaya, East Java   /   Mon, May 14, 2018   /   04:01 pm
Densus 88 arrests suspected terrorists in Surabaya, Sidoarjo Antiterror squad personnel stand guard following a bomb blast at a police station in Surabaya on May 14. (Reuters/Beawiharta)

The National Police’s Densus 88 antiterror squad arrested six suspected terrorists allegedly linked to the pro-Islamic State (IS) group Jamaah Anshar Daulah (JAD) in Surabaya and Sidoarjo, East Java, on Monday. Two suspects were reportedly killed during the arrests.  

East Java Police spokesman Sr. Comr. Frans Barung Mangera said the suspects had allegedly plotted terror attacks in Surabaya, following a coordinated bombing in the provincial capital and a premature bomb explosion in Sidoarjo the day before. Seven civilians were killed in the terror attacks, which struck three churches across the city.

Police have identified one of the terror suspects killed as Budi Satriyo, the second-in-command at the JAD Surabaya chapter after Dita Oeprianto, a suicide bomber in Sunday’s church attacks. 

Police did not elaborate on the details of the planned attacks.

 “We won’t disclose the locations [targeted by the suspects] to avoid spreading fear,” he said Monday.

The East Java Police’s forensics and laboratory team is examining chemicals seized from the suspects, identified as triacetone triperoxide, also known as the Mother of Satan. (swd)