In­done­sian po­lice kill 2 mil­i­tants dur­ing raid

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In­done­sian po­lice killed two sus­pected Is­lamist mil­i­tants in a house in West Java yes­ter­day, a po­lice spokesman said, in the lat­est in a se­ries of raids aimed at pre­vent­ing planned at­tacks in the Mus­lim-ma­jor­ity na­tion. Two men had been ar­rested in Cib­i­nong, in West Java, and led po­lice to a house nearby, at the Jatiluhur dam, where two other men were found, na­tional po­lice spokesman Awi Setiy­ono said. “They were told to sur­ren­der, but they re­fused and tried to at­tack of­fi­cers with ma­chetes, so we fired warning shots. When they still ap­proached, we shot them,” Setiy­ono said. He ear­lier said that a gun­bat­tle had oc­curred.

Po­lice seized some weapons and a let­ter which said the group had planned an at­tack at an undis­closed lo­ca­tion on New Year’s Eve (Dec. 31), West Java po­lice spokesman Yusri Yunus told Metro TV. A po­lice bomb squad was still scan­ning the area for any ex­plo­sives, Yunus added.

Ear­lier this week, In­done­sian anti-ter­ror­ism po­lice killed three sus­pects in a gun­bat­tle on the out­skirts of the cap­i­tal Jakarta, and said they had foiled a sui­cide bomb­ing planned for the end of the year.

Po­lice have ar­rested dozens of sus­pected mil­i­tants in re­cent months, in­clud­ing a cell on Batam is­land that planned a rocket at­tack on neigh­bor­ing Sin­ga­pore. In­done­sia has foiled at least 14 at­tacks this year alone and made more than 150 ar­rests. A gun and bomb as­sault in the heart of Jakarta in Jan­uary 2016 killed four peo­ple and was the first at­tack in South­east Asia claimed by Is­lamic State ji­hadists. —Reuters

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