Changes to the laws were proposed after the January attack in Central Jakarta. (Antara Photo/Wahyu Putro A.)

Four Suspected Terrorists Nabbed in Raids Across Java


MARCH 02, 2016

Jakarta. The National Police anti-terrorism unit Densus 88 have nabbed four alleged terrorists, who are believed to have been involvement in January's terror attack in Jakarta, during separate raids in Central and East Java ahead of a possible attack.

The four suspects were allegedly involved in the Jan. 14 attack on Central Jakarta's Sarinah area of Jalan MH Thamrin, which killed eight people, four of whom were the attackers themselves.

Police arrested two in Patokpicis village, Wajak, Malang district on Tuesday (01/03) at around 5 a.m.

The two men, identified as S.I. and S.J., are allegedly linked to five other suspects who were previously taken into police custody during a terror raid on Feb. 19.

According to a source at the National Police, the five people from Malang terror raid are part of the military wing of the Jamaah Ansar Khilalaf Daulah Nusantara (JAKDN).

The JAKDN was formed in March last year and comprises Islamic State supporters who allegedly sent Indonesians to fight alongside the extremist group in Syria.

The JAKDN includes of a number of known terrorist cells in Indonesia, including the East Indonesia Mujahidin, the West Indonesian Mujahidin, Jamaah Islamiyah and Jamaah Ansharut Tauhid.

Police also arrested other two alleged terrorists in Kroya Train Station in Cilacap, Central Java on Monday at around 2 a.m. The suspects were on train destined for Kediri in East Java from Banjar district in Central Java.

The suspects are identified as 35-year-old Pujianto, or Raider Bakiyah, and 37-year-old Panji Kokoh Kusumo or Latip, police said.

“They were about to stage amaliah [terror attack]. We nabbed them before they do the terror. [They are] still related to terror group of Thamrin Attack,” said a police source at National Police on Tuesday.

Three revolvers, rounds of ammunition and cell phones were confiscated during the raid.

Police have since apprehended at least 23 people, six of whom they said were directly related to the Jakarta’s Sarinah Attack, in several regions across the country.