Police officers in Medan carry a coffin containing the body of Martua Sigalingging, a policeman who was stabbed to death while on duty by two IS-affiliated attackers at the North Sumatra Police Headquarters on Sunday (25/06). (Antara Photo/Septianda Perdana)

Medan Cop Killer Borrows Money From Bank to Join Islamic State Fighters in Syria


JULY 01, 2017

Jakarta. Syawaluddin Pakpahan, one of two men allegedly involved in the fatal stabbing of a police officer in Medan, North Sumatra, on Sunday (25/06), had once borrowed Rp 20 million ($1500) from a bank to join the war in Syria.

"In 2013, the attacker, whose initials are SP, borrowed Rp 20 million to fly to Syria to join his comrades as a fighter," National Police Spokesman Brig. Gen. Rikwanto said in South Jakarta on Friday (30/06), as quoted by Beritasatu.com.

Rikwanto said Syawaluddin spent a total of six months in Syria. After returning to Indonesia, he recruited three people including Ardial Ramadan, Firmansyah Putra Yudi and Hendri Pratama, aka Boboy, who later became his accomplices.

"They were SP's neighbors and fellow market sellers," he added.

Rikwanto said Firmansyah and Boboy had secretly inspected a security checkpoint in front of the North Sumatra Police Headquarters in Medan before the other suspects launched their brazen knife attack on Sunday.

The officer-on-duty who was killed in the fatal stabbing was identified as Martua Sigalingging.

Ardial was shot dead following the attack, while Syawaluddin was shot in the leg. The other two suspects were nabbed shortly after the attack.

Rikwanto said the police have identified Syawaluddin as a sympathizer of the Jamaah Ansharut Daulah (JAD) terror network, believed to be run by Indonesian Islamic State militant Bahrun Naim, who is currently in Syria.

"According to our investigation, Syawaluddin started searching information about radicalism on the internet in 2004. He was radicalized online and eventually went to Syria to join the war," Rikwanto said.

According to the police, the three surviving terror suspects — Syawaluddin, Firmansyah and Boboy — will be detained at the police Mobile Brigade (Brimob) headquarters in Depok, West Java.