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Jakarta Post

Riau University declares war against terrorism, radicalism

  • Rizal Harahap

    The Jakarta Post

Pekanbaru   /   Tue, June 5, 2018   /   06:21 am
Riau University declares war against terrorism, radicalism Riau Police chief Insp.Gen. Nandang signs a banner on which Riau University academics expressed their commitment to fight against intolerance, terrorism and radicalism. (JP/Rizal Harahap)

Riau University (Unri) in Pekanbaru, Riau, pledged on Monday to fight against terrorism, intolerance and radicalism following the arrests of suspected terrorists on the campus on Saturday. 

In the declaration, Unri academics strengthened their commitment to combat terrorism, radicalism and intolerance, which they considered to be “activities that violated the law and intended to divide NKRI (the Unitary State of the Republic of Indonesia”.

The National Police’s Densus 88 counterterrorism unit arrested three suspected terrorists, who were all Unri alumni, for allegedly planning an attack. They were arrested during a raid at Gelanggang Mahasiswa, a multipurpose student facility at the university's school of social and political sciences building.

“Following the arrests, all leaders of our university immediately coordinated and pledged to strengthen the security of the campus,” said Unri Rector Aras Mulyadi. “The recent event must be the first and last to take place at Unri,” Aras said.
Saturday's arrests marked the first time law enforcement personnel have arrested terror suspects inside an educational institution. 

Aras added that Unri would take several measures to prevent radical teachings from spreading inside the institution's area, including through intensive monitoring and controlling of students activities inside the university. (ebf)