The National Police's elite anti-terrorism unit, Detachment 88, reportedly killed two suspected terrorists in a shootout and arrested another three in Bekasi, West Java, on Saturday morning. (SP Photo/Mikael Niman)

Two Terror Suspects Killed in Shootout With Police, Three Arrested

MAY 05, 2019

Jakarta. Members of the National Police's elite anti-terrorism unit, Detachment 88, killed two suspected terrorists in an exchange of fire during a raid on a shophouse in Bekasi, West Java, early on Saturday and arrested three others in various locations in the city, state-run news agency Antara reported.

National Police spokesman Brig. Gen. Dedi Prasetyo said the suspects are believed to be linked to the Lampung branch of Islamic State-affiliated terror group Jamaah Ansharut Daulah (JAD).

Police identified those arrested by the initials S.L. (34), A.N. (20) and M.C. (28), but did not provide any information on the two reportedly killed during the dawn raid.

Dedi said S.L. was on the run after a foiled plan to attack police officers in Lampung during last month's simultaneous presidential and legislative elections. He added that the two others, A.N. and M.C., were allegedly involved in helping the fugitives evade arrest.

"The group planned to attack police personnel during the elections," the spokesman said.

According to information Antara received, two suspects were killed in the raid and that their bodies had been taken to a police hospital in East Jakarta. However, Bekasi City Police spokesman Adjutant Comr. Sunardi only confirmed that one was killed.

"Only one suspected terrorist was shot dead," he said, as quoted by Antara.

Residents of Pangkalan, a hamlet in Babelan, Bekasi, told Antara that the shophouse changed hands some months ago and that several people – men and women – sheltered there a few days after the April 17 elections. They apparently kept to themselves and did not communicate with members of the local community.

"A joint team is working on this case to prevent further actions by this group," Dedi said, referring to the JAD.