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Indonesia arrests dozens of terror suspects ahead of poll results

17th May, 2019 09:58:47 printer

Indonesia arrests dozens of terror suspects ahead

of poll results

Indonesian police escort arrested terror suspects to a news conference in Jakarta on Friday. — AFP PHOTO

JAKARTA: Indonesian police said Friday that they have arrested dozens of Islamic-State linked terror suspects, including some who planned to detonate bombs at political demonstrations when election results are announced next week, reports AFP.

Some 29 suspects were rounded up this month alone, with 60 in all detained since the start of the year in raids across the Southeast Asian nation, they said.

Eight other suspects had been killed in confrontations with authorities, police said, including the wife of a militant who blew up herself and a child following a dramatic standoff at their home in March.

Some arrested suspects were skilled bomb makers and had fought alongside the jihadist group in Syria, as well as members of local extremist network Jemaah Anshurat Daulah (JAD), police said.

JAD has pledged allegiance to IS and was blamed for a wave of suicide bombings at churches in Indonesia’s second-biggest city Surabaya last year.


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