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Jakarta Post

Four suspected Poso terrorists arrested in South Sulawesi

  • Andi Hajramurni

    The Jakarta Post

Makassar, South Sulawesi   /   Mon, August 13, 2018   /   09:13 am
Four suspected Poso terrorists arrested in South Sulawesi Police patrol in Gantinadi village in Poso, Central Sulawesi, as part of Operation Tinombala activities aimed at arresting members of the East Indonesia Mujahidin (MIT) terrorist group. (ANTARA/Zainuddin MN)

Members of the National Police’s Densus 88 antiterror squad arrested four men on suspicion of being members of the East Indonesia Mujahidin (MIT) terrorist group in Bone and East Luwu regencies in South Sulawesi last week.

In separate raids, Densus 88 personnel arrested B, 28, M, 30, R, 30 and 28, who are believed to be members of the Poso, Central Sulawesi-based terrorist network that had launched attacks on security personnel while hiding in the forests of Poso.

Fifteen kilograms of explosive material were seized in the arrests, South Sulawesi Police spokesman Sr. Comr. Dicky Sondani said, adding that the explosives had been planted in B and M’s plantations in Bone regency.

“The four men were below Santoso and Daeng Koro. They are bomb assemblers,” he said in Makassar on Saturday referring to Santoso aka Abu Wardah, the former leader of the militant group killed in a shoot-out in July, 2016 and Daeng Koro, a senior member of the group who was killed in an armed clash with security personnel in 2015.

“They [the four suspects] are key informants of the remaining Poso terrorists still at large. They provide protection and hiding spots to several wanted terrorists,” Dicky said, adding that the four suspects had been taken to Jakarta by Densus 88 personnel for further investigation.

The government carried out Operation Tinombala, the biggest joint National Police and Indonesian Military (TNI) operation in history, to arrest members of the MIT.  Besides killing the leader and senior members of the group in the operation, several members of the group have been arrested and killed. (rin)