Indonesia thwarts terrorist attack, arrests IS-linked suspect

Source: Xinhua| 2019-02-22 22:05:10|Editor: Shi Yinglun
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JAKARTA, Feb. 22 (Xinhua) -- Indonesian police have thwarted an alleged terrorists' secret plan to attack policemen and seize their weapons in Yogyakarta province, national police spokesman Brig. General Dedi Prasetyo said here on Friday.

The police arrested one plotter named Andalus alias Abu Hilwa or TWA, and are hunting other suspects, before the terrorist attack was executed, the spokesman said.

Hilwa was arrested on February 14 in Temanggung of Central Java province and is an alleged member of Jemaah Anshorut Daulah (JAD), which is an allegiance of the IS terrorist group in Syria.

"TWA admitted that he is plotting a terrorist act to attack police personnel in Yogyakarta. Three of his friends will join the strikes on the policemen and seize their weapons," Prasetyo said at the police headquarters.

In addition to the plot in Yogyakarta province, the spokesman said, Hilwa along with his terrorist fellows also plotted to conduct terrorist strikes by shooting police personnel.

Currently police investigators are further investigating on Hilwa and others, Prasetyo said.

Hilwa was deported from the Philippines after he joined a military exercise along with Adi Jihadi, a militant who channeled funds to financing the suicide bombings in Jakarta in January, 2016.

In October 2016, Hilwa took parts in a paramilitary training in Anyer of Banten province, the spokesman said.

The JAD group was behind multi-suicide strikes in Indonesia's second largest city of Surabaya and Riau province in May that left 32 deaths and dozens injured, according to Indonesian Police Chief KGeneral Tito arnavian.