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Densus 88 shoot dead three alleged terrorists in Yogyakarta

  • Bambang Muryanto

    The Jakarta Post

Yogyakarta   /   Sun, July 15, 2018   /   12:07 pm
Densus 88 shoot dead three alleged terrorists in Yogyakarta Local residents surround a truck that was allegedly hijacked by a terrorist in Sleman, Yogyakarta, on July 14. (JP/Bambang Muryanto)

The National Police’s counterterrorism squad Densus 88 shot dead three alleged terrorists on Jl. Kaliurang in Ngaglik district, Sleman regency, on Saturday.

“Today we arrested three and they are dead. They were fighting the police so we took a measured action,” Yogyakarta Police spokesperson Adj. Sr. Comr. Yulianto told the media on Saturday. 

Yulianto said the alleged terrorists used a gun and sharp weapons to fight the police. Two police officers suffered stab wounds to their hands and hips.

The incident, which occurred on Saturday at 5:00 p.m, saw the police chase down four alleged terrorists who rode two motorcycles.

Two of them were shot in front of the Ngaglik district office, while the other two fled. Of the two, one allegedly hijacked a truck, injuring a passenger – the driver's assistant – and forcing the driver to help him escape.

The truck stopped after it hit a resident’s garage in Gondangan, near Jl. Kaliurang. 

Gito Sambodo, the owner of the garage, said that after the truck hit his garage, the alleged terrorist exited the vehicle and ran toward his brother’s home.

“He held my brother’s wife Sulistyani hostage and put a sickle to her neck,” Gito Sambodo said. 

Sulistyani reportedly managed to escape and cried for help.

As the alleged terrorist was hiding in Sulistyani’s kitchen, the police surrounded the site and began shooting him. After several minutes of shooting, he was dead.

Yulianto said Densus 88 and the Yogyakarta Police previously arrested five alleged terrorists in Mlati, Sleman regency, and Mrisi and Pleret in Bantul regency. (hol)