Densus 88 Arrests Two Men in Malang Over Alleged ISIS Links

MARCH 25, 2015

Jakarta. The National Police’s anti-terror squad Densus 88 have arrested two men in Malang, East Java, on suspicion of terrorism offenses related to their alleged connection to Indonesian-born ISIS fighter, Abu Jandal, who also goes by the name Salim Mubarok Attamimi.

One of the men arrested, Abdul Hakim Munabari, 44, is suspected of having returned to Indonesia after joining ISIS with Abu Jandal.

“Abdul just got back from Syria. After arresting him we will begin to question him. We will do all we can to prevent IS ideology from spreading in Indonesia,” Acting National Police chief Badrodin Haiti said on Wednesday.

The other man arrested is alleged to have had a role in a video featuring Abu Jandal.

In the video uploaded on YouTube, Abu Jandal threatened the National Police, the Indonesian Armed Forces, Densus 88, and Banser, the security wing of Indonesia’ biggest Islamic organization, Nahdlatul Utama.

Abu also called on other Indonesians to join him in the fight for a caliphate.

Densus 88 last week arrested six people in South Jakarta, Bekasi, and South Tangerang for allegedly helping recruit and fund Indonesians to travel to Syria and Iraq to fight with ISIS.