Indonesia po­lice grab sus­pects

Viet Nam News - - ASIA -

SURABAYA, Indonesia — The anti-terror squad of the In­done­sian po­lice has ar­rested 31 al­leged mil­i­tants in the wake of sui­cide at­tacks on three churches and at least two po­lice head­quar­ters in the coun­try in re­cent days, se­nior po­lice of­fi­cers said yes­ter­day.

A to­tal of 23 al­leged mil­i­tants were cap­tured in East Java prov­ince and eight oth­ers in Riau prov­ince of Su­ma­tra is­land, the of­fi­cers said.

“There are 23 ar­rests. We or­der the other al­leged ter­ror­ists to sur­ren­der in­stead of be­ing per­sis­tently hunted,” Po­lice Chief of East Java prov­ince In­spec­tor Gen­eral Mach­fud Arifin said.

The gen­eral said that four al­leged ter­ror­ists were shot dead dur­ing the ar­rest. Sep­a­rately in Riau prov­ince, Na­tional Po­lice Chief Gen­eral Tito Kar­na­vian said that a to­tal of eight al­leged mil­iKorea, tants have been nabbed by the anti-terror squad in the prov­ince in the wake of Wed­nes­day’s assault on the pro­vin­cial po­lice head­quar­ters.

Tito Kar­na­vian said that the per­pe­tra­tors of the assault in the prov­ince and the sui­cide bombers in East Java prov­ince were mem­bers of the Ja­maah An­sharut Daulah (JAD), which is loyal to the DAESH (Is­lamic State or IS).

“All the per­pe­tra­tors are mem­bers of the Ja­maah An­sharut Daulah. I bet on this as we have mon­i­tored the move­ment of this group since three to four years ago,” he said.

Dur­ing the ar­rest of the al­leged mil­i­tants, the po­lice seized a flag of DAESH and scores of weapons, ac­cord­ing to the po­lice. Sui­cide bombers blew them­selves up in a se­ries of as­saults in three churches on Sun­day in Surabaya city, the pro­vin­cial cap­i­tal of East Java and a sui­cide bombing in the po­lice head­quar­ters in the city on Mon­day.

Those were fol­lowed by a sword-wield­ing assault in the po­lice head­quar­ters in Riau prov­ince on Wed­nes­day, which left 32 peo­ple dead and dozens oth­ers wounded.

The at­tack­ers were com­prised of fam­ily mem­bers in­clud­ing women and chil­dren. The in­ci­dents were also fol­lowed by a se­ries of gun­fight be­tween the po­lice and ter­ror­ists in the prov­ince and North Su­ma­tra prov­ince that killed 3 mil­i­tants, ac­cord­ing to the po­lice.

A spe­cial force unit of the In­done­sian mil­i­tary has re­cently been ab­sorbed into the na­tional po­lice to help crack down the rising threat of ter­ror­ist at­tacks. — XIN­HUA IS­LAM­ABAD — A no­to­ri­ous Is­lamist mil­i­tant wanted for more than 100 mur­ders was killed in an in­tense gun­fight with se­cu­rity forces in south­west­ern Pak­istan yes­ter­day, the mil­i­tary said.

Pak­istani forces raided the Killi Al­mas vil­lage on the out­skirts of Quetta, cap­i­tal of the restive Balochis­tan prov­ince, based on a tip that there were sui­cide bombers hid­ing there, ac­cord­ing to a mil­i­tary state­ment.

Three mil­i­tants were killed in the fire­fight that erupted, in­clud­ing Sal­man Badeni, the pro­vin­cial com­man­der of the sec­tar­ian mil­i­tant group Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ).

Badeni - de­scribed by au­thor­i­ties as a “high-value tar­get” - was wanted for his in­volve­ment in the killing of more than 100 peo­ple, in­clud­ing po­lice­men and mem­bers of the mi­nor­ity Shi­ite Hazara com­mu­nity.

The other two mil­i­tants were sui­cide bombers, the mil­i­tary said.

An army in­tel­li­gence of­fi­cer was also killed in the op­er­a­tion, it added, and four other sol­diers were wounded - two of them crit­i­cally.

LeJ, a Sunni group, is widely con­sid­ered to be one of the most vi­o­lent sec­tar­ian out­fits in Pak­istan. It has claimed re­spon­si­bil­ity for a num­ber of high-pro­file at­tacks in re­cent years on Shi­ites, who are con­sid­ered heretics by sec­tar­ian Sunni ex­trem­ists.—AFP

Po­lice ar­rested a sus­pect for in­ter­ro­ga­tion af­ter an at­tack in Surabaya, Indonesia, on Mon­day. — AFP/VNA Photo

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