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Jakarta Post

Eight suspected terrorists arrested over Riau Police attack

  • Rizal Harahap

    The Jakarta Post

Pekanbaru, Riau   /   Thu, May 17, 2018   /   09:04 pm
Eight suspected terrorists arrested over Riau Police attack Police officers stand guard near the bodies of two suspects after an attack on the Riau Police headquarters in Pekanbaru, Riau, on Wednesday. (Antara/Retmon/FBA)

The National Police arrested eight terror suspects in connection with the attack on the Riau Police headquarters in Pekanbaru.

On Thursday, National Police chief Gen. Tito Karnavian said the eight were connected to Jamaah Ansharud Daulah (JAD).

Earlier on Wednesday, National Police spokesperson Insp. Gen. Setyo Wasisto said the suspects in the Riau Police attack, which killed one officer, were part of the Islamic State of Indonesia (NII), not JAD.

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“All [recent] terror attacks have a connection to the JAD group because we have monitored its development over the last four years,” Tito said on the sidelines of his visit to Riau Police headquarters.

He added that the purpose of the planned amendment to the 2003 Terrorism Law, along with a request for the improvement of detention centers and penitentiaries, was to anticipate the growth of the terror group.

Tito visited Pekanbaru to promote police officers involved in stopping Wednesday’s attack. Five masked men attacked the Riau Police headquarters on Wednesday morning with sharp weapons and a firearm, killing an officer and injuring four others including two journalists. Four of the suspects were shot dead, while the fifth was later captured.

A posthumous promotion was awarded to First Insp. Auzar who died after being hit by a car driven by the fleeing terror suspect. (kuk/ebf)