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Jakarta Post

Police nab terror suspects in Medan

  • Apriadi Gunawan

    The Jakarta Post

Medan   /   Thu, May 17, 2018   /   03:31 am
Police nab terror suspects in Medan Police check the belongings of visitors entering Depok Police station in West Java. After church attacks in Surabaya in East Java on May 13, police across the country have beefed up security in several vital places. (Antara/Indrianto Eko Suwarso)

Counterterrorism squad Densus 88, with the assistance of North Sumatra Police personnel, have arrested a number of terror suspects in several locations in North Sumatra, including the provincial capital of Medan, following the church attacks in Surabaya.

North Sumatra Police chief Insp. Gen. Paulus Waterpauw confirmed the arrests, including one in Tanjung Balai city on Tuesday, where security personnel shot one suspect dead and injured another for resisting arrest.

Meanwhile, Densus 88 personnel arrested at least two other suspects in Medan, who were identified as 28-year-old ojek driver MYR and 38-year-old milk seller SL, on the same day. A suspect identified as W reportedly fled during an attempted arrest.

All suspects have been taken to the North Sumatra Police’s Mobile Brigade headquarters and put under heavy guard of police personnel.

The police, however, had yet to publish the number and names of suspects as of Wednesday evening. “We are still investigating it,” North Sumatra Police spokesman Adj. Sr. Comr. Tatan Dirsan Atmaja said.

Since the suicide bombings on three churches in East Java’s Surabaya, police personnel have arrested a number of terror suspects across the country, namely 13 in East Java, two in South Sumatra’s Palembang, one in Riau’s Pekanbaru and three in Banten’s Tangerang. The police have also shot dead several others including four in Pekanbaru. (kuk)