Indonesian police arrest another 4 terror suspects in West Java

Source: Xinhua| 2019-10-17 23:02:44|Editor: Mu Xuequan
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JAKARTA, Oct. 17 (Xinhua) -- Indonesian police have arrested on Thursday four suspected terrorists with links to Islamic State (IS) in West Java.

The national police spokesman Dedi Prasetyo said three suspects, identified with initials OA, W and A, were arrested in Cirebon, while another suspect identified as Aulia aka Gondrong was arrested in Bekasi.

All suspects, Prasetyo added that, are allegedly affiliated with a homegrown terrorist group Jamaah Ansharut Daulah (JAD).

"They were planning to bomb police offices and worship places, and assault police officers," said the spokesman.

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

Last Thursday, a senior minister Wiranto, who is a retired military general, was stabbed in his abdomen by a suspect allegedly affiliated with JAD during a visit to a school in Banten in broad daylight.

Since the incident, the police have arrested at least 40 terrorist suspects from various provinces.