KOMPAS.com - The Special Detachment 88 (Densus 88) Anti-terror Team of the National Police and the Merauke Resort Police on Sunday, May 30 arrested another terror suspect in Merauke regency, Papua, bringing the total number to 11.
The 11 suspected terrorists who have been arrested in the past three days in Merauke are linked to the Jamaah Ansharut Daulah (JAD), a terror group that supports the Islamic State extremists. They were suspected of carrying out suicide attacks in front of a cathedral in the Indonesian city of Makassar, South Sulawesi during a Palm Sunday in March. They tried to enter the church premises but had been stopped by security personnel.
“The JAD group is linked to the attack in Makassar in March,” said the Papua Regional Police Chief Inspector General Mathius D Fakhiri in Jayapura, Sunday.
According to Fakhiri, the terrorist suspects have also been active in undertaking bail or recruitment in several districts. Fakhiri said the JAD terror group may have entered several other districts around Merauke.
Previously, an explosion occurred in front of the Makassar Cathedral Church on March 28. It was declared a suicide bomber, with the husband and wife who detonated the bomb died on the spot.
Head of the Counter-extremism and Counterterrorism Agency at the Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI), Muhammad Syauqillah, explained that the terrorists in Indonesia comprise two patterns. First, they carry out the terrors in the form of a network, such as JAD, which is related to the Islamic State and Jamaah Islamiyah (JI).
Second, those who move on their own or known as the lone wolf. Previously, the Indonesian police shot dead a woman who had opened fire at officers at the National Police headquarters in Jakarta on March 31. Identified only by her initials, ZA had fired six times at officers near an entrance post to the headquarters.
(Writers: Nur Fitriatus Shalihah, Dhias Suwandi | Editors : Sari Hardiyanto, Reza Kurnia Darmawan, Dony Aprian)
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