Indonesian police arrest alleged militants plotting strike in Bali

Source: Xinhua| 2019-10-13 00:21:57|Editor: yan
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JAKARTA, Oct. 12 (Xinhua) -- The anti-terror squad of Indonesian national police has nabbed two alleged militants who had secretly planned to launch a strike in the country's Bali resort island, a police officer said on Saturday.

Achmad Taufikurrahman and his son Zaid AliIbrahim were arrested in Jembrana of the island on Thursday, spokesman of police office in Bali province Senior Commissioner Hengky Widjaja said.

"The two persons were captured in Bali island," the spokesman said, adding they are loyal to a leader of IS terrorist group Abu Bakar Al Bagdadi.

Both terrorists had carried out preparation for launching an attack in Bali island, the center of Indonesian tourism industry, said Hengky.

The two militants also have linkages with Syaril Alamsyah alias Abu Rara, the assailant who stabbed Indonesian chief security minister Wiranto on Thursday, local media reported.

Wiranto was attacked as he was getting out of a car in a town square in Banten province.

Militants had staged several terrorist strikes in Indonesia, including the multiple suicide attacks in East Java and Riau provinces in May, 2018, and suicide strikes at a police station and a Starbucks Cafe in the heart of Jakarta which killed eight people in January 2016.