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Jakarta Post

Police detain more families linked to Surabaya, Sidoarjo bombings

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Surabaya   /   Wed, May 16, 2018   /   11:45 am
Police detain more families linked to Surabaya, Sidoarjo bombings Mobile Brigade officers stand guard during a raid by counterterrorism squad Densus 88 personnel on the residence of alleged Surabaya Police headquarters suicide bomber Tri Murtiono in Tambak Medokan Ayu in Surabaya, East Java, on Tuesday. The personnel found a total of 54 pipe bombs during the raid. (Antara/Didik Suhartono)

Counterterrorism squad Densus 88 raided on Tuesday evening the residences of terror suspects believed to be linked to the recent bombings in Surabaya and Sidoarjo, East Java.  One suspect was killed during the raid, while two families comprising nine people were detained for further questioning. 

The police sought to apprehend Dedy Sulistiantono at his residence on Jl. Sikatan IV, Tandes, Surabaya. He is the younger brother of terror suspect Anton Ferdiantono whose wife and eldest son were killed after a bomb went off prematurely at his low-cost apartment in Wonocolo, Sidoarjo. Dedy, however, was shot dead after resisting arrest by attacking the officers with a knife. 

“We have detained [Dedy’s] wife and four children [for further investigation],” East Java Police spokesman Sr. Comr. Frans Barung Mangera said, referring to Dedy’s wife Suyanti, 34, and their children, DNS, 14, AISP, 10, HA, 7, and NN, 5. 

Later in the evening, Densus 88 also raided the house of terror suspect Ilham Fauzan on Jl. Abdul Waham in Pakis, Surabaya. Ilham had been arrested earlier in Sidoarjo. Police detained Fauzan’s wife and two children. 

Police discovered in their preliminary investigations that the suspects behind the string of bombings in Surabaya and Sidoarjo had involved family members in the suicide attacks. Alleged suicide bomber Dita Oeprianto's family of six died in Sunday’s church attacks. Of Anton's family of six, three died and three survived the explosion at the Wonocolo apartment. On Monday morning, a third family attacked the Surabaya Police headquarters in another suicide bombing. The family’s 8-year-old daughter survived the attack and was taken to hospital. (dmr)