Indonesian police hunt down IS-linked cell's members plotting terror attacks

Source: Xinhua| 2019-04-02 21:05:02|Editor: xuxin
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JAKARTA, April 2 (Xinhua) -- The Indonesian national police were pursuing six to eight alleged terrorists who are members of an IS-affiliated cell and plotting terrorist attacks in the country, a police officer said Tuesday.

The alleged militants were members of the outlawed Jemaah Anshorut Daulah (JAD), an IS-affiliated group, in Bandung of West Java province, national police spokesman Brigadier General Dedi Prasetyo said.

The suspects, led by a man with initial A, were plotting terrorist attacks in East Java province targeting police personnel, said Prasetyo.

The hunt for the militants was conducted across main Java Island, the spokesman said.

Days ago, the anti-terror squad of the police nabbed an alleged militant with initial WP alias Sahid in his hideout in Bojongmalaka village of Bandung district of West Java province.

Recently, the squad has arrested 11 alleged militants in Sibolga town of North Sumatra province, as well as in Lampung province and West Java province.

In May 2018, police headquarters and churches in East Java province along with police headquarters in Riau province were targeted by a series of suicide attacks that caused dozens of casualties.