Policeman stand guard at the home of the suspected suicide bomber who attacked the Medan Metropolitan Police headquarters on Nov. 13, 2019. The home is located on Jl, Jangka, Medan, North Sumatra. (Antara Photo/Irsan Mulyadi)

Two Suspected Militants Killed in Shootout


NOVEMBER 17, 2019

Medan. Two suspected militants were killed in a shootout and 18 others were captured alive in a series of police crackdowns on terror cells after a man blew himself up at a police office in the North Sumatra capital of Medan earlier this week, police said on Saturday.

North Sumatra Police Chief Insp. Gen. Agus Andrianto said the operations by National Police’s counterterrorism squad Detachment 88 were carried out in the province and neighboring Aceh.

"Those in custody are connected to the suicide bomb attack at the Medan Metropolitan Police headquarters. We are interrogating them for further investigation,” he said.

A police source said two of the detainees were women, whose husbands were among the suspects.

Agus said the counterterrorism squad seized a pile of explosives, guns and ammunitions from several places during the operations.

The shootout occurred at a village in Hamparan Perak subdistrict, Deli Serdang, on Saturday, but police didn’t provide further details. An ambulance carrying two bodies of the suspected militants arrived at the heavily guarded Bhayangkara Hospital in Medan in the afternoon.

Agus urged residents to stay alert to radicalized groups and their members who blended into the neighborhoods.

“They are present around us. They carry out attacks indiscriminately, regardless of ethnicity or religion, and they know no mercy,” Agus said.

Neighbors have said that suicide bomber Rabbial Muslim Nasution, 24, was known as an ordinary person who had shown no suspicious activities during interactions with them.

He went to the Medan police headquarters carrying a backpack and wearing a popular jacket of a ride-hailing company on Wednesday morning. His attack injured six people.

Police said his radicalized wife had been arrested over allegations that she had planned to launch an attack in Bali.