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Indonesia police kill terror suspect, arrest two

Suspects believed to have links to several terrorism groups

Ryan Dagur, Jakarta

October 18, 2013

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Anti-terrorism police in Indonesia shot dead a suspected terrorist and arrested two others on Thursday in an ongoing crackdown on terror groups.

The shooting took place after the single named suspect, Suardi, opened fire on members of the Special Detachment 88 during a raid in Bone district, of South Sulawesi province, a police spokesman said.

“The dead man was … a 50-year-old teacher at an elementary school in Bone district. He was shot in the chest because he resisted arrest,” National Police spokesman Senior Commander Ronny Franky Sompie said on Friday.

Two guns, nine bullets, a machete, two kgs of fertilizer and a car were also seized, he said.

Two other suspects identified by the single names Jodi and Ukm were arrested and taken to Makassar, the provincial capital.

“Investigations are ongoing. Today they [Special Detachment 88] are conducting searches of the homes of the three suspects,” Sompie said.

They were wanted in connection with a 2005 attack on a police post in Ambon, Maluku, in which five policemen died. They are also believed to have links to a terror network led by Abu Uswah, who was shot dead in January.

His network is thought to be responsible for an attack on the provincial governor in 2012.

Terrorism expert Noor Huda Ismail told that the suspected militants also had connections to terror networks led by Abu Umar and a suspect known only as Santoso.

Abu Umar was jailed for 10 years in May 2012 for smuggling firearms into Indonesia and running a paramilitary training camp in South Sulawesi.

He is also thought to have supplied the weapons for the attack on the Ambon police post.

Santoso, the leader of the East Indonesia Mujahideen, is suspected of committing a number of terror attacks in Poso, Central Sulawesi. He remains at large.

“In the Sulawesi region, both networks are still strong,” Ismail said.

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