Police officers stand guard during a raid on a terrorist hideout. (Antara Photo/Risky Andrianto)

Detachment 88 Arrests Three Suspected Terrorists in East Java


AUGUST 24, 2019

Jakarta. Indonesian police's anti-terror unit Detachment 88 arrested three suspected terrorists in Blitar, East Java, on Friday night and took them to the East Java Police headquarters to be interrogated, a police spokesman told the Jakarta Globe on Saturday.

"They were arrested last night and brought here to the police headquarters this morning," police spokesman Comr. Frans Barung Mangera said.

The three suspected terrorists were identified as Kurniawan Joko Wicaksono, Subagio and Joan Puji Santoso.

Kurniawan was captured in front of his house in Sentul, a village near Blitar. Subagio was arrested in Beru and Joan was arrested in Kepanjen Kidul.

The arrests were part of a police investigation in which they had already arrested two members of the Islamic State-affiliated militant group Jamaah Ansharut Daulah (JAD) on Thursday, also in East Java. 

One of them was Beni Luqman Hakim, the leader of the JAD branch in Lamongan, East Java. The police also took Beni's wife and children to be questioned.

"These terrorists have changed the way they fund their terror acts. They now earn halal money. In the past, they used to earn money from robberies," Frans said.

He said the suspected terrorists arrested in Blitar, Lamongan and Sampang this week make money from running a small business or working as employees.

Frans said the wife of Hari Setiawan, the JAD member arrested in Sampang on Thursday, is a medical doctor and police are investigating her possible involvement in the group and its network.