IS suspects held in raids planned to bomb Shiites in Java and Sumatra

(From Jakarta Globe)

Six individuals rounded up in a series of counter-terrorism raids that began on Friday and ran into late Saturday reportedly planned to bomb Shiite communities in Java and Sumatra.

Counter-terrorism raids

Six Islamic State members or sympathizers were arrested by the counter-terrorism squad of Indonesian National Police in raids in Java

Densus 88, the Indonesian National Police’s counter-terrorism squad, arrested three suspects in Central Java and three in West Java, and seized bomb-making materials and jihad manuals during the raids. A series of unrelated raids in East Java netted four suspected members of another terrorist network.

“Based on the outcome of initial questioning, the suspects said they were planning to bomb a series of Shiite communities in Pekalongan [in Central Java], Bandung and Pekanbaru [in Riau],” a source at the National Police headquarters in Jakarta, who asked not to be identified because of the ongoing investigation, said on Sunday.

Gen. Badrodin Haiti, the National Police chief, said separately that the raids were prompted by intelligence from the US Federal Bureau of Investigations and the Australian Federal Police. Read More



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