Indonesia police grab suspects
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 Wednesdays 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