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Jakarta Post

Security, spy chiefs on kill list: Police chief

  • Marguerite Afra Sapiie
    Marguerite Afra Sapiie

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, May 29, 2019   /  09:28 am
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Black smoke is seen in the Slipi area of West Jakarta on May 22 following postelection riots that started the previous night.(JP/Donny Fernando)

The four state officials who were targeted for assassination during the May 22 riots in Central Jakarta comprised senior security and intelligence officials, the National Police confirmed on Tuesday. The names included Coordinating Political, Legal and Security Affairs Minister Wiranto, Coordinating Maritime Affairs Minister Luhut Pandjaitan as well as State Intelligence Agency (BIN) chief Budi Gunawan, National Police chief Gen. Tito Karnavian said. Gories Merre, formerly of the police’s Densus 88 counterterrorism squad and who now works on President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s special staff for intelligence affairs, was also targeted for killing, Tito said. The police recently arrested six people on suspicion of plotting the murder of the four state officials, allegedly planned to take place amid the postelection protests that turned into deadly riots in the...