JAKARTA, KOMPAS.com - The Indonesian Police's anti-terror squad Densus 88 nabbed four Uzbekistan nationals for allegedly spreading terror propaganda on social media platforms.
The four Uzbeks are suspected of being involved in the international terror organization Katiba Tawhid Wal Jihad, a spokesperson for the Indonesian Police Brigadier General Ahmad Ramadhan said on Tuesday, April 4.
The suspects have been identified by their initials as BA alias JF (32), OMM alias IM (28), BKA (40), and MR (26).
They arrived in Indonesia separately from Istanbul, Turkey after transiting from Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates and entered Indonesia via Malaysia, Ramadhan said.
Two of the Uzbeks left for Indonesia on Feb. 6. The remaining arrived in Indonesia three weeks later on Feb. 27.
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Based on the preliminary investigation, BA, OMM, and MR are part of an international terror organization that is active in the Middle East region, especially Syria. While another suspect, BKA, has been providing them financial support as well as fake documents.
"Of the four suspects, three are active and are part of a terrorist organization and one is a supporter or provider of financial support and [involved in the] production of fake documents," Ramadhan said.
BA was reportedly the director of the organization in 2021 and left Uzbekistan for Turkey. He was thereafter sent to a militia camp in Syria.
While in Turkey, BA was allegedly involved in spreading radical propaganda. He was reportedly in charge of receiving and delivering members to the Katiba Tawhid Wal Jihad group to realize his intention to carry out acts of terror.