JAKARTA, KOMPAS.com – The Special Detachment 88 (Densus 88) Anti-terror Team of the National Police arrested four alleged Jemaah Islamiyah-linked militants in Indonesia’s Batam on Riau island, Wednesday, March 16.
National Police spokesman Brigadier General Ahmad Ramadhan said the terror suspects are identified by initials AR, MS, AS, and DS. “Densus 88 arrested the four terror suspects in Batam on March 16, 2022,” Ramadhan told reporters on Thursday, March 17.
Ramadhan explained each suspect has their role in the group. DS, who is the advisor and recruiter of the group in Batam, used to lead the activities of religious propagation in 2012. MS, who is the regional coordinating leader in Batam, had attended the Jemaah Islamiyah meeting in Batam in 2014.
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Meanwhile, AS has also been active in undertaking recruitment in Batam, and AR is one of the group’s advisors.
“Following a recruitment in Medan in 2018, AS then followed a training before he officially become a member of Jemaah Islamiyah,” said Ramadhan.
The police found AR as one of the group leaders in Batam. In 2014, he also attended the group meeting in Batam, the police said.
(Writer: Rahel Narda Chaterine | Editor: Bagus Santosa)
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