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Experts advise watchfulness as Papua Police confirm one 'terror' arrest

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    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Mon, December 16, 2019   /  11:24 am
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The emblem of the National Police’s Densus 88 counterterrorism squad, an owl, appears in this file photograph.(Persda Network via kompas.com/Bina Harnansa)

The fear of active terrorist groups has resurfaced in Papua province following the arrest of an alleged terrorist and seizure of homemade explosives on Dec. 5 in Sentani district, Jayapura. National Police spokesman Argo Yuwono confirmed on Dec. 6 that the Papua Police and the police's counterterrorism squad, Densus 88, had made the arrest. Papua Police spokesman Sr. Comr. Ahmad Mustofa Kamal directly confirmed with The Jakarta Post that one terrorist suspect had been arrested, and denied that the police had arrested eight suspects with ties to the Jamaah Ansharut Daulah (JAD) as reported in several media. Ahmad declined to give further details of the arrest, saying that it was part of an ongoing investigation. Institute for Policy Analysis of Conflict (IPAC) director Sidney Jones said that th...