Indonesia anti-terrorist squad Kills Six, Arrests 19 in Terrorism Crackdown

By Jakarta Globe; Indonesia’s anti-terrorism squad Densus 88 staged raids across Java on Wednesday, cracking down on a terrorism cell accused of using the proceeds from numerous armed robberies to fund activities in Poso, Central Sulawesi. Police killed six suspects and arrested 19 others in raids in Kendal, Central Java, Sumedang, West Java, Bandung and Banten, a source in Densus 88 told the Jakarta Globe. The men were reportedly part of a terrorist network responsible for importing arms from the Philippines and had worked with convicted terrorist Abu Omar, the source said. “They managed to collect Rp 1.8 billion from the robberies, we can’t underestimate this number because they would keep on doing this to survive, they were also involved in an arson in Glodok Market in Jakarta,” he said. Densus 88 met resistance during a raid of a home in Bandung, West Java, on Wednesday. Police and terrorism suspects exchanged fire during a tense hours-long standoff that left three suspects dead and two behind bars (Read More).

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