The National Police's elite anti-terror unit Densus 88 in action. (Antara Photo/Muhammad Iqbal)

Police Arrest Five Suspected Terrorists in Malang


FEBRUARY 20, 2016

Jakarta. Police have arrested five people with suspected links to the Jan. 14 attack in downtown Jakarta, in a series of raids in the city of Malang in East Java, a top police official said on Saturday (20/02).

The series of bomb blasts and gunfight by Islamic State sympathizers last month killed eight people, four of whom were the attackers themselves.

Police have since apprehended 19 people, six of whom they said were directly related to the attack, in several regions across the country.

Another five were arrested by counter-terrorism squad Densus 88 during raids in three separate locations late on Friday in Malang, said National Police chief Gen. Badrodin Haiti.

"They are alleged to have ties to the Thamrin [Central Jakarta] attack," Badrodin said without elaborating.

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

The JAKDN was formed in March 2015 and comprises IS supporters who have allegedly sent Indonesians to fight alongside the extremist group in Syria.

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

"They are still in the same network as those arrested earlier," the police source said.

Of the 19 people previously apprehended, 18 are still detained, while one person has been released due to insufficient evidence.