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Densus 88 arrest terror suspect in East Java

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    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, July 1, 2019   /   06:41 pm
Densus 88 arrest terror suspect in East Java The National Police's Densus 88 counterterrorism squad arrested on Sunday a terror suspect, a Klaten regency resident identified only as BTK, 42, while the suspect was on his way to Ponorogo, East Java. (Persda Network via kompas.com/Bina Harnansa)

The National Police's Densus 88 counterterrorism squad arrested on Sunday a terror suspect from Klaten regency identified only as BTK, 42, while he was on his way to Ponorogo, East Java.

Ponorogo Police chief Adj. Sr. Comr. Radiant confirmed there was an arrest in Ponorogo.

"Yes, there was an arrest [of a terror suspect]," he said as quoted by Antara.

However, he did not elaborate on the terror group BTK was affiliated to.

"[BTK] has been taken to Jakarta. I do not know anything else," he said.

The arrest drew attention from residents of Pohijo village, Ponorogo, when the Densus 88 squad intercepted a car driven by BTK on Jl. Raya Sampung connecting Wonogiri and Ponorogo.

"Some people were taking pictures [of the arrests] until officers stopped them and asked them to delete [the pictures]," said Sugianto, a resident of Pohijo.

BTK was said to have gotten out of his car and lied down on the ground with both hands behind his neck as armed officers handcuffed him.

BTK had reportedly rented a house in Mangunsuman subdistrict, Ponorogo, before his arrest. (asp)