The National Police’s Detachment 88 anti-terror squad arrested a 40-year-old mechanic in Kendal regency, Central Java, on Sunday for alleged links to terrorism. In total, three alleged terrorists were arrested in the province on Sunday.
The mechanic, identified as Roh, was inside his home when three Detachment 88 officers raided the house and apprehended him, according to Roh’s employee, Gito.
Kendal Police chief Adj. Sr. Comr. Firman Darmasyah confirmed the arrests, but said the identities of the other two alleged terrorists were still unclear.
“One of them is [also] from Kendal and another is from Temanggung regency [also in Central Java],” Firman said.
The arrests of the three suspects came about a day after two alleged terrorists were arrested in Bima, West Nusa Tenggara. Police seized a homemade rifle, a sword and active explosive material from the home of Kurniawan, one the two suspects.
The police said Kurniawan was a member of the East Indonesia Mujahidin (MIT) terror group.
Following the death of MIT leader Santoso, alias Abu Wardah, in July last year, second-in-command Ali Kalora is believed to be leading the group.
Earlier in January, Central Sulawesi Police claimed that seven out of nine MIT members included in Operation Tinombala taskforce’s most wanted list were from Bima. (bbs)
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